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Summer Driving Tips For Hot Weather

on June 9, 2013 - 7:44am
STATE FARM News:
 
As the temperatures heat up in New Mexico - it’s important to prepare for traveling the state's roads and highways.
 
A bit of planning and some simple steps can help save time, money, headaches avoid disasters on the road.
 
Have the car checked out to make sure it is fit for summer:
  • Check the air conditioning. You may want to have a professional inspect the entire system;
  • A service professional should inspect the radiator, pressure cap, belts, and hoses;
  • Check the cooling system, and if necessary, get it serviced; and
  • Check the air pressure in all tires, including

Thompson Ridge Fire Estimated Containment Date is June 10

on June 8, 2013 - 9:17am

Gov. Susana Martinez

Thompson Ridge Fire Update

The Thompson Ridge Fire started May 31, 2013. It is located on the Valles Caldera National Preserve about two miles northeast of La Cueva.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez will be in attendance at a public meeting scheduled for the Thompson Ridge Fire at 4 p.m. today, Saturday, June 8. The meeting will be at the Fire Station in Sierra los Pinos, south of N.M. 4 on FR 10. The Arizona Central West Zone team will be present to give an update on the fire.

The fire is in steep rugged terrain and is burning mixed conifer and ponderosa pine.

Detective Makes $25 Million Demand Against Los Alamos County - Council Files Legal Action Requesting He Return to Work

on June 7, 2013 - 6:25pm
UPDATE: Santa Fe Attorney John Day of Egolf + Ferlic + Day, LLC is representing Det. Brian Schamber. Day practices in criminal defense, civil litigation and government misconduct/civil rights litigation. He told the Los Alamos Daily Post that he is asking the community to withhold judgment of his client and will present important information in the case later today. Check back at ladailypost.com for this information.
 
Los Alamos Police Det. Brian Schamber at a County Council work session in 2012 in the White Rock Fire Station. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By CAROL A. CLARK

Alert: Heavy Police Presence to Limit Public Activity, Travel on N.M. 4 from Jemez Springs to Los Alamos and Highway 126 to Cuba

on June 7, 2013 - 12:54pm

SFNF News Alert:

Public Advisory: We would like to encourage everyone to limit activity and travel on N.M. 4 from Jemez Springs to Los Alamos and Highway 126 to Cuba due to heavy fire traffic in and around the Thompson Ridge Fire. 

Heavy police presence from the Sandoval and New Mexico State Police Departments will be in the area to monitor traffic.

For more information regarding the fire please visit www.inciweb.org or follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ThompsonRdgFire. Additional photos and information are available at www.facebook.com/ThompsonRdgFire and

Udall and Heinrich: Prevent Fires From Downed Power Lines

on June 7, 2013 - 11:14am

Downed power line illustration. Courtesy photo

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.Following news that recent fires in New Mexico were caused by downed power lines, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich are encouraging cooperation between utility companies and federal agencies to keep trees away from power lines and reduce the risk of wildfires.
 
Downed power lines have caused several wildfires, including the Tres Lagunas and Thompson Ridge fires currently burning in northern New Mexico.
 
In letters to the U.S.

Thompson Ridge Fire Burning on Redondo Peak Thursday

on June 7, 2013 - 10:57am

The Thompson Ridge Fire burning on Redondo Peak just west of Los Alamos taken after sunset Thursday, June 6. Photo by Momo Vuyisich/WildWestGallery.com

Thomas Ridge Fire Images on the Valles Caldera

on June 7, 2013 - 10:48am

Spot fires from the Thompson Ridge Fire at Headquarters Wednesday evening at the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Photo by Jim ODonnell

An Air Crane passes Headquarters with a fresh load of water from the Jemez River. Photo by Jim ODonnell

A closeup of the understory burn from the Thompson Ridge Fire Wednesday at the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Photo by Jim ODonnell

An Air Crane siphons water from the Jemez River. Photo by Jim ODonnell

A healthy underbrush burn on the west side of the Valle Wednesday. Photo by Jim ODonnell

 

Morning Fire Update: Thompson Ridge 10 Percent Contained; Tres Lagunas 34 Percent

on June 7, 2013 - 9:01am
Smoke from the Thompson Ridge Fire visible Thursday looking west from Espanola. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com
 
Thompson Ridge Fire Update
Friday, June 7, 2013, 8 a.m.

Acres: 14,430; Start date: May 31, 2013; Cause: Downed powerline; Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve; Containment: 10 percent; Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine; Terrain: Steep, rugged; Resources: 25 crews, 49 engines, 23 water tenders, 2 dozers; Total personnel: 1,015; Available air support: 3 air tankers, 4 helicopters;

Summary: Overnight, the fire activity was quiet compared with previous nights.

Thompson Ridge Fire on The Valles Caldera - Update June 6 at 9 p.m.

on June 6, 2013 - 11:16pm

Valles Caldera National Preserve June 5. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Thompson Ridge Fire
June 6, 2013 9 p.m.

Acres: 12,900, Start date: May 31, 2013, Cause: Downed powerline Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve, Containment: 10 percent; Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine; Terrain: Steep, rugged; Resources: 25 crews, 49 engines, 23 water tenders, 2 dozers; Total personnel: 1,015; Available air support: 3 air tankers, 6 helicopters.

Summary: Crews continue to work day and night shifts to take advantage of a narrow window of favorable weather to conduct burnout operations along the

Valles Caldera Buildings Remain Intact

on June 6, 2013 - 10:05pm

Structure protection is underway at the Valles Caldera as the Thompson Ridge Fire approached the Historic Ranch section of the Valles Caldera. So far firefighters have protected all buildings on the Preserve. All public access to the Valles Caldera National Preserve remains closed to the public due to increased fire activity from the Thompson Ridge Fire. Photo by Kristen Honig/Valles Caldera

The Best Offense Is a Good Defense. Photo by Kristen Honig/Valles Caldera

Old Growth Protection. Photo by Kristen Honig/Valles Caldera

Another structure saved at the Valles Caldera.

Thompson Ridge; Tres Lagunas Fire Updates - Morning of June 6

on June 6, 2013 - 9:17pm

The Thompson Ridge Fire on the Valles Caldera National Preserve Wednesday, June 5, 2013. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Thompson Ridge Fire Update
Thursday June 6, 2013 9 a.m.

Acres: 12,171; Start date: May 31, 2013; Cause: Downed powerline; Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve; Containment: 5 percent; Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine; Terrain: Steep, rugged; Resources: 23 crews, 36 engines, 8 water tenders, 2 dozers; Total personnel: 816 Available air support: 3 air tankers, 7 helicopters.

Summary: Yesterday and last night, lower temperatures and slightly higher humidity created

House Passes Luján Amendment to Increase Funding for Wildfire Preparedness and Preventative Measures

on June 6, 2013 - 11:05am

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District offered an amendment late last night to the Fiscal Year 2014 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act to increase funding for grant programs that help communities prepare for wildfires.

The amendment passed the House with broad bipartisan support by a 287 to 136 vote this morning. Below are Representative Luján's remarks from last night. Click here<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=579fTTs_gLM&feature=youtu.be> to watch Luján's speech.

"Madam Chair, in what has been one of the worst

Thompson Ridge Fire Update - Evening of June 5

on June 5, 2013 - 10:21pm

The Thompson Ridge Fire battle continues behind the Valles Caldera Headquarters area. Courtesy/VCT

VALLES CALDERA TRUST News:

Thompson Ridge Fire Update

June 5, 2013  9 p.m.

Acres: 10,400                                   

Start date: May 31, 2013

Cause: Downed powerline              

Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve

Containment: 5 percent                      

Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine

Terrain: Steep, rugged                       

Resources: 23 crews, 36 engines, 8 water tenders, 2 dozers

Total personnel: 816

Available air support: 3 airtankers, 6

Tips For Emergency Preparedness

on June 5, 2013 - 1:06pm

COUNTY News:

A great publication to help you prepare yourself and your family for disasters is FEMA's Are You Ready? A Guide to Citizen Preparedness (publication IS-22.)

Along with its sister DVD, "Getting Ready for Disaster," both provide a step-by-step outline on how to prepare a disaster supply kit, emergency planning for people with disabilities, how to locate and evacuate to a shelter, and even contingency planning for family pets. Naturally occurring events as well as man-made threats from hazardous materials and terrorism are also covered in detail.

Are You Ready?

Thompson Ridge Fire Shuts Down Valles Caldera National Preserve

on June 5, 2013 - 12:51pm

Valle Grande. Photo by Glen Wurden

VCNP News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS – All public access to the Valles Caldera National Preserve is closed to the public due to increased fire activity from the Thompson Ridge Fire.

The Fire has burned more than 9,000 acres near the western border of the preserve since the fire began Friday, May 31. All recreational programs and activities on the Valles Caldera National Preserve have been suspended until the area is considered safe for visitors to return.  

The timing of what programs may be resumed will be determined after close collaboration with the Incident

NMEOC/DHSEM Thompson Ridge Fire Update

on June 5, 2013 - 11:44am

NMEOC/DHSEM News:

Updated information the Thompson Ridge Fire this morning from the New Mexico Emergency Operations Center and the Dept. of Homeland Security emergency Management:

  • The fire has grown to 9,394 acres.
  • There is a spot fire burning just north of the fire line and is approximately 68 acres: It is lined and believed to be contained. Much of the focus will be on the spot fire today and this evening.
  • The main fire has moved past the Valles Caldera HQ structures with no damage reported.
  • More resource requests have been made for equipment.
  • Thompson Ridge evacuation area may be lifted this

Thompson Ridge; Tres Lagunas Fire Updates - Morning of June 5

on June 5, 2013 - 11:21am

THOMPSON RIDGE FIRE UPDATE

Wednesday June 5, 2013 9 a.m.

Acres: 9,394

Start date: May 31, 2013

Cause: Human

Location: 10 miles north of Jemez

Containment: 5 percent

Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine

Terrain: Steep, rugged Resources: 17 crews, 29 engines, 4 water tenders, 3 dozers

Total personnel: 557 Available air support: 3 airtankers, 9 helicopters

Summary: Yesterday’s weather was once again the driving force for extreme fire behavior. This erratic behavior continued until 3:00 a.m.

County Council Imposes Fireworks Restrictions

on June 4, 2013 - 9:56pm
Ash and scorched pine needles fall from the smokey sky looking west over the Gold Street Apartments and throughout Los Alamos today. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Smoke fills the sky looking west just past the White Rock 'Y' today. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Staff Report
 
The Los Alamos County Council presented a proclamation this evening declaring extreme fire conditions exist in Los Alamos County and imposing restrictions on the use of fireworks as follows:

WHEREAS: the weather in North Central New Mexico, including Los Alamos County, has been extremely

Alert: County Is Under Stage II Fire Restrictions

on June 4, 2013 - 10:44am

COUNTY News:

Effective Wednesday, June 5, 2013 and in concert with the U.S. Forest Service,  National Park Service and Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos County is under Stage II Fire Restrictions.

The following acts are prohibited until further notice:

  • Building, maintaining, attending or using an open fire, campfire, charcoal or wood stove on all Los Alamos County lands including fires in developed campgrounds or improved sites.
  • Smoking is prohibited except within an enclosed vehicle or building.
  • Discharging of firearms except at designated shooting ranges
  • Fireworks as outlined in

Thompson Ridge Fire Grows Overnight

on June 4, 2013 - 10:32am

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Bill Knight shared this MODIS image from 1:15 a.m. today showing where the Thompson Ridge Fire has increased overnight. Courtesy photo

Thompson Ridge Fire Update - June 4 at 10:30 a.m.

Acres: 4,451 Start date: May 31, 2013
Cause: Under Investigation Location: 10 miles north of Jemez
Containment: 5 percent Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine
Terrain: Steep, rugged Resources: 14 crews, 32 engines, 4 water tenders, 2 dozers
Total personnel: 591 Available air support: 5 helicopters

Summary: Today firefighters again expect extreme fire behavior due to the continued warm weather, windy conditions

LANL: Using Laser-Driven Neutrons to Stop Nuclear Smugglers

on June 4, 2013 - 10:23am

A burst of laser energy 50 times greater than the worldwide output of electrical power slams into an extremely thin foil target to produce neutrons at Los Alamos National Laboratory's TRIDENT laser facility during a recent experiment, which proved that laser-driven neutrons can be used to detect and interdict smuggled nuclear materials. Courtesy/LANL

An experimental apparatus used by scientists to prove that laser-driven neutrons can be used to stop nuclear smugglers. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Los Alamos shows first nuclear material detection by single short-pulse-laser-driven neutron

FBI Seeking Information in Kidnapping of U.S. Citizen

on June 4, 2013 - 6:49am

FBI News:

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS—Armando Fernandez, Special Agent in Charge of the San Antonio Division of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), whose territory includes Brownsville, Texas, announced that the FBI is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the person(s) responsible for the kidnapping of Armando Torres, III in La Barranca, Tamaulipas, Mexico May 14, 2013.

As reported in the national and international news services, the FBI and Mexican law enforcement agencies have been investigating the May 14, 2013 kidnapping in La Barranca, Tamaulipas, Mexico, of U.S.

Thompson Ridge Fire: June 3 Evening Update

on June 3, 2013 - 10:57pm

Smoke-filled sky from the Thompson Ridge Fire looking west from Los Alamos. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

NMSFW News:

Acres: 3,229; Start date: May 31, 2013; Cause: Under Investigation; Location: 10 miles north of Jemez; Containment: 5 percent; Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine; Terrain: Steep, rugged; Resources: 14 crews, 32 engines, 4 water tenders, 2 dozers; Total personnel: 591 Available air support: 5 helicopters.

Summary: Today like yesterday, weather was the fire story.

Thompson Ridge; Tres Lagunas Fire Updates - Morning of June 3

on June 3, 2013 - 12:00pm

Thompson Ridge Fire approximately a half-mile from homes this weekend as firefighters battle the blaze with buckets of slurry dropped from the air. Photo by Ron Brown

Thompson Ridge Fire at 1:22 p.m., June 1. Photo by Ron Brown

Thompson Ridge Fire at 5:45 p.m., May 31. Photo by Ron Brown

Thompson Ridge Fire at 9 p.m., June 2 approximately a half-mile from homes. Photo by Ron Brown

Staff Report

THOMPSON RIDGE FIRE UPDATE
June 3, 2013 9 a.m.

Acres: 2,229

Start date: May 31, 2013

Cause: Under Investigation

Location: 10 miles north of Jemez

Containment: 5 percent

Fuels: Mixed

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