Update: ‘Granite Mountain’ Film: Fire, Smoke And Loud Helicopters At Pajarito Mountain

COUNTY News:

“Granite Mountain” is a motion picture based on the real-life Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite group of wildland firefighters that courageously battled one of the worst wildfires in history to save an Arizona town.

The production is based at Pajarito Mountain through Wednesday, July 29 and will be producing the following special effects and impacts:

  • FIRE on Pajarito Mountain, film crews under direct supervision of the Los Alamos Fire Department’s Wildland Division, will produce controlled ground fire. Current dates for ground fire are June 21, June 27 and June 28.

For current updates on real-life fire events, residents and visitors may check nmfireinfo.com, nmfireinfo on Facebook, the Fire Restrictions Hotline: 1.877.864.6985 or the Santa Fe National Forest Fire Information Hotline: 1.877.971.FIRE (3473).

  • SMOKE on Pajarito Mountain, film crews under direct supervision of the Los Alamos Fire Department’s Wildland Division, will produce a vapor from a natural, water-based compound that looks like real smoke, complete with black and grey components.

Current dates for simulated smoke are June 23 and possibly, June 30 and July 1.

  • LOUD NOISE from two UH-1 Huey helicopters scheduled to arrive at the Los Alamos County Airport before dark Wednesday, June 22. Pilots will be flying the helicopters to and from Pajarito Mountain during daylight hours only Thursday, June 23 and Friday, June 24. For those unfamiliar with this model of helicopter, the UH-1 Huey was flown during Viet Nam and produces a very loud and distinctive sound.

ACCESS for the public to Pajarito Mountain Resort and Camp May during this time will be impacted as follows:

Camp May Road

  • Wednesday, June 29 (noon) – Open to the public

Camp May

  • Through Saturday, Jun 25 (Noon) – Closed to the public.
  • Saturday, June 25 (noon) – Sunday, June 26 (noon) – Reservations and public access open.
  • Sunday, June 26 (noon) – Wednesday, June 29 (5 a.m.) – Closed to the public.
  • Wednesday, June 29 (noon) – Open to the public per normal conditions and hours.

Pajarito Mountain Resort Lower Parking Lot

  • Through Wednesday, June 29 (noon) – Closed to public.
  • Wednesday June 29 (5 a.m.) – Open to the public per normal conditions and hours.

Pajarito Mountain Cafe

  • Wednesday, June 22 (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) – Open to the public.
  • Thursday, June 23 (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) – Closed to the public.
  • Friday, June 24 (ALL DAY) – Closed to the public.
  • Sunday, June 26 (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) – Open to the public.
  • Wednesday, June 29 (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) – Open to the public.

Pajarito Mountain lower parking lot not available to public during this time.

Pajarito Mountain Bike & Hike

  • Sunday, June 26 (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) – Open to the public. Lift-served biking and hiking available.

Pajarito Mountain lower parking lot not available to public during this time.

“Granite Mountain” will be filming throughout the summer in locations in neighborhoods and facilities in Los Alamos and White Rock. Media releases and updates regarding film activity will be posted on the Los Alamos County website (www.losalamosnm.us/ecodev) and on the Los Alamos County Facebook page.

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