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All Hands All Lands Burn Team Mobilizing May 23-30

USDA News:
 
SANTA FE The USDA Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy’s Rio Grande Water Fund and the Forest Stewards Guild have worked together since September 2018 using prescribed fire across over 4,700 acres to protect water sources, wildlife, and forests while reducing wildfire risk.
 
These forests are adapted to fire and need low-intensity burns to remain healthy. The All Hands All Lands Burn Team (Burn Team) is a fully qualified team designed to lead prescribed burns or support others in burning across a variety of land jurisdictions. This is an innovative step forward

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More Scenes From Emergency Management Active Shooter Based Full-Scale Exercise At UNM-LA Saturday

The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) hosted an active shooter based full-scale exercise Saturday, May 18 at UNM-Los Alamos. Los Alamos Police, Fire, Emergency Management and Classic Air Medical all participated in preparing for and responding to an active shooter event. The exercise provided valuable rescue task force training for those involved and gave each entity several ideas on how to improve their preparation and response. Photo by Jenn Bartram

Scene from the OEM hosted active shooter based full-scale exercise Saturday at UNM-LA. Photo by Kateri Morris

Scene from the OEM hosted


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Scenes From Emergency Management Active Shooter Based Full-Scale Exercise At UNM-LA Saturday

Scene from the OEM hosted active shooter based full-scale exercise Saturday at UNM-LA. Photo by Jenn Bartram

Scene from the OEM hosted active shooter based full-scale exercise Saturday at UNM-LA. Photo by Kateri Morris

Scene from the OEM hosted active shooter based full-scale exercise Saturday at UNM-LA. Photo by Jenn Bartram

From the Office of Emergency Management:

The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) hosted an active shooter based full-scale exercise Saturday, May 18 at UNM-Los Alamos.

Los Alamos Police, Fire, Emergency Management and Classic Air Medical all participated in preparing


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Chaves County Update: Patterson Fire

NMSF News:
 
Incident Name: Patterson Fire
 
Start Date & Time: May 16, 2019 – 1854
 
Start Location: Chaves County east of Roswell
 
Cause of Fire:  Lightning
 
Area Vegetation: Grass and brush
 
Acres Burned: 780 acres
 
Ownership(s):  Private
 
Structures Threatened:  Yes
 
Structures Burned:  No
 
Evacuations: One Home and Bottomless Lakes State Park
 
The Patterson Fire burning on private land in Chaves County is estimated at 780 acres. The fire is east of Roswell and west of Bottomless

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Scenes From Community Bike Party

From left, Rhiannon Laakso-McIntyre of Beanie’s Bike Shop, Public Works Senior Engineer Desirae Lujan and Julie Aldersebaes take part in the Los Alamos County’s Community Bike Party Friday afternoon at Ashley Pond Park. The event was part of Bike to Work Week, which started Monday. The bike party featured a bike rodeo, refreshments and a demonstration of how to use a bike rack. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Co+Op Market Outreach Coordinator Kate Gallaugher stands beside the Honesty brand bike the co+op raffled during the Community Bike Party. Photo by


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EMS Chief Ben Stone On Bicycle Safety

A number of County employees took part in the Bike to Work event held last year. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By BENJAMIN STONE
LAFD EMS Chief
 
In recognition of this year’s National Bike to Work Week, which is May 13-17, here is some information on Bicycle Safety for Los Alamos County.
 
In 2017, the United States had 783 bicyclists killed in traffic crashes (NHTSA, 2018). Crashes that involve bicyclists are often much more dangerous to the rider versus a motorist. As riders increase use of bicycles it becomes increasingly important to understand how to prevent

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Council Proclaims May 19-25 EMS Week

EMS staff members as well as Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes, left, and EMS Division Chief Ben Stone, center, accept a proclamation from Los Alamos County Councilor Randall Ryti, right, during the Tuesday night council work session. The proclamation declares May 19-25 Emergency Medical Services Week. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 
COUNTY News:
 
Los Alamos County Council presented a proclamation declaring May 19-25 as Emergency Medical Services Week during its Tuesday night council worksession at the White Rock Fire Station.
 
Councilor Randall Ryti read

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Udall Presses U.S. Forest Service Chief On Budget Cuts, Wildfire Funding, Other New Mexico Priorities

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

Also questions USFS on maintaining wildlife corridors and discusses his legislation to promote reforestation

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M), lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, Wednesday pressed U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Chief Vicki Christiansen on “President Trump’s wholly insufficient” budget proposal for the USFS, which would undercut the Forest Service’s ability to combat catastrophic wildfires in New Mexico and


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SFNF May Launch Rowe Mesa Burn Thursday

SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE Ignitions on the previously announced East Rowe Mesa Phase II prescribed burn could begin as early as Thursday, May 16, if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather, remain favorable.
 
Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are looking at a window between May 16 and May 20 to conduct the 293-acre burn. The project area is located east of State Highway 34 along Rowe Mesa, 10 miles south of Pecos, NM, and south of I-25. Crews will use hand ignitions to reduce the risk of wildfire, improve wildlife habitat and improve forest health.

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Burnt Food In Toaster Oven Triggers Alarm And Evacuation At Los Alamos County Municipal Building

The Los Alamos Fire Department issues the all clear and evacuated employees return to work this afternoon at the Municipal Building. County officials indicate that burnt food in a toaster oven at lunch time trigger the fire alarm and all employees were evacuated at about 12:30 p.m. today. The employees remained at the rear of the parking lot while police and firefighters entered to building. It took about 30 minutes for the responders to clear the building and lift the evacuation. Photo by Carol A. Clark/adailypost.com

The Los Alamos Firefighters speak with evacuated employees prior to releasing


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