Los Alamos Fire Department Wildfire Fuels Reduction Mitigation Project Gets Underway

Map of the project area. Courtesy/LAFD

LAFD News:

Los Alamos Fire Department will begin work this week on an important wildfire fuels reduction project that will provide much-needed mitigation in several areas of Los Alamos.

LAFD has received grant funding for the project, which will include the following areas: Ponderosa Estates Range Road, North Horse Stable Bench, Walnut Bench, Villa Bench, Lower Loma Linda, Camino Redondo and Camino Uva.

Starting Tuesday, April 23, LAFD crews will begin mitigation work in the Camino Uva area, which includes marking trees to be thinned, chainsaw work and the use of chippers. Residents may hear noise and see activity in the forested areas near homes – especially those homes located along the canyon edge – while work is underway.

No traffic disruption is expected as part of this project. Equipment use will be limited to 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The project will then proceed this summer and fall as crews move from Camino Uva to other areas. The wildfire fuels reduction project is being conducted to improve wildfire breaks and forest health in the identified areas of the map.

The total cost of the project is $455,285. The project is anticipated to be completed Winter 2020, weather permitting.

Residents with questions or concerns are asked to call LAFD Wildland Division Chief Kelly Sterna at 505.662.8301 or email kelly.sterna@lacnm.us.