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NMEOC/DHSEM Thompson Ridge Fire Update

on June 5, 2013 - 11:44am


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


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/
Smoke fills the sky looking west just past the White Rock 'Y' today. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
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


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


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/


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

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

Los Alamos Police Blotter: May 23–May 29, 2013

on June 3, 2013 - 11:13am

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department.

Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.

May 23 at 9:26 a.m. / Los Alamos Public Schools reported that someone sprayed graffiti at Los Alamos High School, 1300 Diamond Dr. The estimated loss is less than $1,000.

May 23 at 10 a.m. / Los Alamos Police charged a 16-year-old Los Alamos boy with spraying graffiti at Los Alamos High School. He was referred to the juvenile probation officer.

May 24 at 10:08 a.m.

Crowd Packs Thompson Ridge Fire Meeting

on June 3, 2013 - 8:58am
A crowd packed Sunday's public meeting in the Cerro de los Pinos Volunteer Fire Department regarding the Thompson Ridge Fire. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Gov. Susana Martinez describes what she saw while touring the Thompson Ridge Fire by helicopter. Firefighters on the southern and western perimeter of the fire worked to secure the line at the heel of the fire and protect structures on private land at the west side of the fire, according to an Arizona Central West Zone Incident Management Team press release.

Updates on Thompson Ridge, Tres Lagunas and Calf Fires

on June 2, 2013 - 9:56pm

Panoramic view of the Thompson Ridge Fire taken at 3:30 p.m. today east of Redondo. Photo by Brian McCool

Helicopters get water from Fenton Lake at 3 p.m. today. Photo by Brian McCool

Staff Report

Thompson Ridge Fire
  • Time/Date Reported: May 31, 2013, 2:40 p.m.
  • Location: 8 miles northeast of Jemez Springs near La Cueva
  • Legal Description: T19N, R3E, Sec 9
  • Cause: Human, downed power line
  • Fuels: Grass, Ponderosa Pine, Brush, Mixed Conifer
  • Size: Approximately 1,200 acres
  • Percent Contained: 0
  • Resources Committed: 4 Type 1 Interagency Hotshot Crews, 1 Type 1 Helicopters, 1 Type 3 Helicopter, 9 engines

Thompson Ridge Fire Burning Valles Caldera Land West of Redondo Peak

on June 2, 2013 - 12:05pm

Taken a short time ago today above La Cueva facing east, the Thompson Ridge Fire is burning on Valles Caldera National Preserve land west of Redondo Peak. Fire crews report that the terrain is difficult to work in. Weather is not posing a major problem today because so far the winds are light and blowing from the south. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Tours Thompson Ridge Fire Area; Meets With Residents

on June 2, 2013 - 12:05pm

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, D-Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval and Rio Arriba counties, visited the Thompson Ridge Fire area Saturday and said that it is predominately burning fuel on the forest floor and except for isolated spots, has not moved into the canopy thus far. Courtesy photo

During a tour Saturday, Sandoval County Deputy Fire Chief Jess Lewis points out to Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard the site of the Thompson Ridge Fire back burn area where a containment line is being cut just inside the Valles Caldera property line. Courtesy photo

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard with New Mexico

View of Thompson Ridge Fire From Santa Fe

on June 2, 2013 - 10:17am

The Thompson Ridge Fire at about 7 p.m., Saturday from just south of bypass 599 off Ridgetop Road in Santa Fe. Photo by Jim Gautier

Bandelier Enters Stage II Fire Restriction!

on June 2, 2013 - 9:58am

Ponderosa Campground. Photo by Sally King


Stage II Fire Restrictions will go into effect for Bandelier National Monument at midnight Wednesday, June 5, and will remain in effect until weather conditions change. 

“These restrictions are a result of high fire danger, low fuel moistures, and regional fire preparedness level. We have been experiencing many warm windy days and these restrictions will reduce the threat of human caused fires in the monument,” Park Superintendent Jason Lott said.

Bandelier National Monument staff remind visitors that under Stage II fire

MODIS Images of Thompson Ridge Fire

on June 2, 2013 - 9:01am
MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) images of the Thompson Ridge Fire as of about 11 p.m. Saturday, June 1. Courtesy/Bill Knight, Los Alamos

Air Quality in the Jemez is Sketchy

on June 1, 2013 - 10:43pm

Thompson Ridge Fire at 3:29 p.m. today on N.M. 4 just above La Cueva at the mailboxes alongside Winter Road. Photo by Khal Spencer

Thompson Ridge Fire at 3:29 p.m. today from the heights along N.M. 126. Photo by Khal Spencer 


I rode the BMW across the Jemez this afternoon to a point above La Cueva on N.M. 126. The air is a little smoky as you climb up to the Jemez on N.M. 4.

The worst of it right now is in the Caldera itself, which is literally a bowl of smoke and gets bad as you descend into the caldera. You can barely see Redondo.

Cone Zone: Week of June 3

on June 1, 2013 - 9:54am


Road Construction Update: Week of June 3

Public Works Projects:

For more information about the projects listed below, please e-mail, call

662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at Please slow down and use caution as you travel through these construction areas.

Eastern Area 2 Concrete, Paving & Utility Project – Phase 2:

RMCI continues to use a 15-passenger van to transport pedestrians through the Canyon Road construction site. The van circulates every 5 to 7 minutes while RMCI is working, typically 7 a.m. to 5-7 p.m.

SFNF: Tres Lagunas Fire Closure Area

on June 1, 2013 - 9:11am

Thompson Ridge Wildfire Burns Onto Valles Caldera

on June 1, 2013 - 8:54am

Thompson Ridge Wildfire has burned onto Valles Caldera property. Photo by Brian McCool

Thompson Ridge Wildfire smoke billows high in the air as seen coming from North Mesa Friday. Photo by Khal Spencer

Thompson Ridge Wildfire smoke as seen looking west from 20th Street in downtown Los Alamos at 7 p.m. Friday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Thompson Ridge Wildfire

Start Date / Time: May 31 / 2:40 p.m.

Start Location: Jemez Springs, Thompson Ridge area

Latitude: 35 53.399

Longitude: 106 37.365

Cause of Fire: Tree on power line.


Thompson Fire Erupts North of Jemez Springs

on May 31, 2013 - 6:14pm

Photo by Khal Spencer

NMFI News:

Firefighters are battling the Thompson Fire, which erupted at 2:40 p.m. today north of Jemez Springs. 

The fire started on private land and has burned onto some federal forest service property.

Crews report fire is creeping along the ground with occasional tree torching. Sandoval County VFDs, USFS engines on scene. Unknown number of homes in the area have been evacuated. It is not known how many people have been evacuated from these homes.


Start Date & Time:  5/31/13 @ 2:40 p.m.

Start Location: Jemez Springs, Thompson Ridge area

Cause of Fire: Tree

Driver Cited in Crash with Atomic City Bus

on May 31, 2013 - 1:39pm

Police cited the driver of this Toyota Corolla a short while ago today for pulling out in front of an Atomic City Transit Bus and causing a collision. No injuries were reported at the scene near Trinity Drive and Central Avenue. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Damage sustained to the left front fender area of the Atomic City Transit Bus. Photo by Greg Kendall/

The driver of the Atomic City Transit Bus was not cited in today's crash near Trinity Drive and Central Avenue. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Tres Lagunas Fire Information

on May 30, 2013 - 9:52pm


Incident Name: Tres Lagunas Fire

Start Date: May 30, 2013

Start Location: 10 miles north of Pecos, NM

Cause of Fire: Downed Powerline

Area Vegetation: Ponderosa Pine

Acres Burned: 500+

Ownership: Private

Structures Threatened: yes (unknown number)

Structures Burned: None

Evacuations (Y or N & #): yes, for structures north of the fire area – unknown number of structures

Situation: The fire is approximately one mile west of the Community of Tres Lagunas

Percent Contained: 0 percent

Temperature: 78

Relative Humidity: 24 percent

Wind Speeds: 24 MPH


Los Alamos Man Charged with Aerosol Abuse to Face Judge June 17

on May 29, 2013 - 3:15pm

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department has released the booking photo for Matthew Weinman of Los Alamos, charged with aggravated DUI and glue or aerosol abuse or possession.

Several citizens spotted Weinman Sunday afternoon, driving his pickup in an unsafe manner, swerving on Los Alamos streets some five minutes before veering onto the sidewalk along Diamond Drive.

According to police, the 22-year-old drove approximately 100 feet before crashing through a fence and careening more than 50 feet into Pueblo Canyon behind the Los Alamos Baptist Church.