Las Conchas Wildfire – Los Alamos, NM

Fire Update – June 30, 2011 10:00 pm
Total Fire Summary
Date Started: 1 p.m., 6/26/2011
Number of personnel: Approximately 1,201 personnel including six hotshot crews and 25 handcrews.
Location: Approximately 12 miles southwest of Los Alamos off NM 4 at mile marker 35.
Fuels: Mixed Conifer, Ponderosa Pine.
Fuel moisture is extremely low.
Cause: Unknown – under investigation
Equipment: Four dozers and 52 engines
Size: approximately 93,678
Aircraft: Nine helicoptersPercent Contained: 3%

Media should call (505) 428-7739 or (813) 984-3871 to coordinate interviews.

For information regarding evacuations or information regarding the Los Alamos National Laboratory, please call (505) 820-1226.

Community Meetings

Los Alamos County will host daily public meetings at 2 p.m. at the White Rock Baptist Church until further notice.

Friday, July 1:

6 p.m. at the Madonna Parish Hall in Jemez Springs

6 p.m. at the Santa Claran Hotel and Casino in Espanola. The meeting will be in a large room at the hotel, NOT at the Red Cross evacuation center. People can call the hotel for additional information (505) 367-4900.

Overview

Area Command Team 1 (Dan Oltrogge, Area Commander) is now managing overall efforts for the Las Conchas and Pacheco Fires. Los Conchas firefighting efforts are divided into two zones: Reinarz’s Type 1 Incident Management Team (IMT) is managing the north zone of the fire and Hughes’ Type 1 IMT is managing the south zone. Increased humidity helped firefighters today build and maintain fire lines.

North Zone Fire Update

Today short runs with spotting less than 1 mile occurred on the north head of fire. Continued backing and flanking fire occurred on the east and west flanks.

North – Firefighters monitored long-range spotting. The fire moved northeast past NM Hwy 144 and spread into parts of the Cerro Grande burn area. Tomorrow firefighters will continue to focus their efforts in this area scouting for potential fire line and burnout opportunities.

East – Mop up efforts along NM Hwy 501 proved successful today. Firefighters will continue burnout operations along the Pajarito Ski Area to reduce the likelihood for spotting. Firefighters continued structural protection for the Pajarito Ski Area and the Bandelier National Monument in coordination with the Los Alamos Fire Department.

Southside of north zone -Today firefighters worked along the Frijoles Canyon and Alamo Canyon.

West – Firefighters maintained the fire line along NM Hwy 4. Favorable winds have helped firefighting efforts in this area.Current Evacuations:

City of Los Alamos – The acting Los Alamos County Administrator issued an evacuation order for the city of Los Alamos. The Cities of Gold http://healthsavy.com/product/levitra/ hotel in Pojoaque is offering shelter services for evacuating residents of Los Alamos. Los Alamos County officials are beginning to work on a plan to recall County employees in preparing to re-open the town site in the near future. No date for re-opening the town site to the general public has been announced yet.White Rock is currently under a voluntary evacuation.

The Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society and the Espanola Valley Humane Society will be taking in dogs, cats, and other small household pets to help those displaced by the Las Conches Fire. They are also collecting names for those willing to host animals. For more information, please contact: Santa Fe (503) 983-4309, or Espanola (505) 753-8662.The American Red Cross in New Mexico activated two official shelters in northern New Mexico: the Santa Claran Hotel & Casino in Espanola and the Cities of Gold Casino near Santa Fe. For more information, please contact the American Red Cross at (505) 265-8514 or 800-560-2302.

Closures

NM Hwy 4 is closed at the Jemez Falls Campground and at NM Hwy 501. NM Hwy 502 westbound into Los Alamos is closed to all motorists. Access is controlled and limited to official traffic until further notification.

The Santa Fe National Forest and Valles Caldera National Preserve closed the majority of the Forest and Preserve to all public access. The Coyote and Cuba Ranger Districts North of NM Hwy 96 and West of NM Hwy 550 will remain open.

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish properties/recreation sites within Pecos Canyon will be closed. Those recreation sites include: Bert Clancey, Terrero, Jamie Koch, Mora River and Monastery Lake.

New Mexico State Parks has closed Hyde Memorial, Fenton Lake, Morphy Lake, Coyote Creek, and Cimarron Canyon State Parks due to extreme fire danger until further notice.

The Bureau of Land Management’s Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is closed to the public. The monument isn’t currently threatened, but the road to the monument will be used by firefighters to access the southern flank of the fire.

Bandelier National Monument is closed indefinitely.

For more information on current fire restrictions and closures on public lands in New Mexico and Arizona, call 1-877-864-6985 or visit http://www.nmfireinfo.com/.The Los Alamos National Laboratory will be closed due to the fire. All laboratory facilities will be closed for all activities, and nonessential employees are directed to remain off site. Employees that are considered nonessential should not report to work unless specifically directed by their line managers. Employees should check local news sources, the LANL Update Hotline (505) 667-6622 and the LANL web page http://www.lanl.gov/ for updates. All radioactive and hazardous material is appropriately accounted for and protected. LANL staff is coordinating the on-site response and supporting the county and federal fire response.

Safety Message

The wildfire and burnout operations will continue to produce heavy smoke. Residents with respiratory problems in the path of smoke may want to consider relocating temporarily until smoke dissipates. Motorists should exercise caution due to reduced visibility. For more information on smoke and your health, please visit http://nmfireinfo.wordpress.com/smoke-management/.

Basic Information
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Unknown, Under Investigation
Date of Origin Sunday June 26th, 2011 approx. 01:00 PM
Location Approximately 12 miles southwest of Los Alamos off NM 4 at mile marker 35
Incident Commander Joe S. Reinarz

Current Situation
Total Personnel 1,201
Size 93,678 acres
Percent Contained 3%
Fuels Involved Mixed Conifer, Ponderosa Pine. Fuel moisture is extremely low.

Current Weather
Wind Conditions 20 mph SW
Temperature 89 degrees
Humidity 12%


Fire Update June 30, 2011 10:00 am
North – Firefighters are monitoring long-range spotting, which have been seen as far north as the Santa Clara Pueblo. Firefighters will also be dealing with unfavorable winds which may result in extreme fire behavior and continue to push the fire to the north. Firefighters will continue scouting for potential fire line and burnout opportunities to prevent the fire from spreading.

East – Firefighters will work the fire line along the NM Hwy 4 through Bandelier National Monument. Firefighters are working with the Los Alamos National Laboratory to prevent the fire from spreading on to the lab along the eastern perimeter down toward the southern edge of the fire. Firefighters are also creating and implementing structure protection plans for the Pajarito Ski Area and the Bandelier National Monument, as well as coordinating with the Los Alamos Fire Department.

South – Firefighting efforts in this area are supported with favorable winds and lighter fuel types. Today firefighters will be looking for opportunities to check fire spread along the Sanchez and Medio canyons.

West –Firefighters will continue to monitor the northwest side along NM Hwy 4. Favorable winds are helping firefighting efforts in this area.
Current Evacuations:

City of Los Alamos – The acting Los Alamos County Administrator issued an evacuation order for the city of Los Alamos. The Cities of Gold hotel in Pojoaque is offering shelter services for evacuating residents of Los Alamos. Los Alamos evacuees are advised against sheltering in White Rock, although White Rock is not at risk. White Rock is currently under a voluntary evacuation.

The Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society and the Espanola Valley Humane Society will be taking in dogs, cats, and other small household pets to help those displaced by the Las Conches Fire. They are also collecting names for those willing to host animals. For more information, please contact: Santa Fe (503) 983-4309, or Espanola (505) 753-8662.

The American Red Cross in New Mexico activated two official shelters in northern New Mexico: the Santa Claran Hotel & Casino in Espanola and the Cities of Gold Casino near Santa Fe. For more information, please contact the American Red Cross at (505) 265-8514 or 800-560-2302.

Date Started: 1 p.m., 6/26/2011
Number of Personnel: Approximately 752 personnel including seven hotshot crews and 14 handcrews.
Location: Approximately 12 miles southwest of Los Alamos off NM 4 at mile marker 35
Fuels: Mixed Conifer, Ponderosa Pine. Fuel moisture is extremely low.
Cause: Unknown – under investigation
Equipment: Four dozers and 28 engines
Size: approximately 92,735 acres
Aircraft: Five helicopters
Percent Contained: 3%
Residences: 13 destroyed and 3 damaged
Commercial Property: 3 damaged
Other structures: 2 destroyed

•Media should call (505) 428-7739 or (813) 984-3871 to coordinate interviews.
•For information regarding evacuations or information regarding the Los Alamos National Laboratory, please call (505) 820-1226

Community Meetings
Los Alamos County will host daily public meetings at 2 p.m. at the White Rock Baptist Church until further notice.

Thursday, June 30:
•5 p.m. at the Senior Center, One Kee Street, Santa Clara Pueblo.

Overview
Area Command Team 1 (Dan Oltrogge, Area Commander) is now managing the Las Conchas and Pacheco Fires. Los Conchas firefighting efforts are divided into two zones: Rienarz’s Type 1 Incident Management Team (IMT) is managing the north zone of the fire and Hughes’ Type 1 IMT is managing the south zone. Despite increased humidity, crews are dealing with extremely dry fuels and potential threats from thunderstorms and dry lightning strikes.

Closures
NM Hwy 4 is closed at the Jemez Falls Campground and at NM Hwy 501. NM Hwy 502 westbound into Los Alamos is closed to all motorists. Access is controlled and limited to official traffic until further notification.

The Santa Fe National Forest and Valles Caldera National Preserve will close the majority of the Forest and Preserve to all public access starting Thursday, June 30, 2011. The Coyote and Cuba Ranger Districts North of NM Hwy 96 and West of NM Hwy 550 will remain open.

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish properties/recreation sites within Pecos Canyon will be closed. Those recreation sites include: Bert Clancey, Terrero, Jamie Koch, Mora River and Monastery Lake.

New Mexico State Parks has closed Hyde Memorial, Fenton Lake, Morphy Lake, Coyote Creek, and Cimarron Canyon State Parks due to extreme fire danger until further notice.

The BLM’s Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument will close to the public beginning on Wednesday June 29. The monument isn’t currently threatened but the road to the monument will be used by firefighters to access the southern flank of the fire and we want to assist the firefighting effort by dedicating the road to fire equipment.the BLM’s Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument will close to the public beginning on Wednesday June 29. The monument isn’t currently threatened but the road to the monument will be used by firefighters to access the southern flank of the fire and we want to assist the firefighting effort by dedicating the road to fire equipment.NM 502 westbound into Los Alamos is now closed to all motorists. Access is controlled and limited to official traffic until further notification. NM 502 westbound into Los Alamos is now closed to all motorists. Access is controlled and limited to official traffic until further notification.

The Bureau of Land Management’s Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is closed to the public. The monument isn’t currently threatened, but the road to the monument will be used by firefighters to access the southern flank of the fire.

Bandelier National Monument is closed indefinitely.

For more information on current fire restrictions and closures on public lands in New Mexico and Arizona, call 1-877-864-6985 or visit www.nmfireinfo.com.

The Los Alamos National Laboratory will be closed due to the fire. All laboratory facilities will be closed for all activities, and nonessential employees are directed to remain off site. Employees that are considered nonessential should not report to work unless specifically directed by their line managers. Employees should check local news sources, the LANL Update Hotline (505) 667-6622 and the LANL web page www.lanl.gov for updates. All radioactive and hazardous material is appropriately accounted for and protected. LANL staff is coordinating the on-site response and supporting the county and federal fire response.

Safety Message
The wildfire and burnout operations will continue to produce heavy smoke. Residents with respiratory problems in the path of smoke may want to consider relocating temporarily until smoke dissipates. Motorists should exercise caution due to reduced visibility. For more information on smoke and your health, please visit http://nmfireinfo.wordpress.com/smoke-management/.


Fire update – June 29, 2011, 10:00 PM
As of 6 a.m. today, Area Command Team 1 (Dan Oltrogge, Area Commander) assumed command of the both the Las Conchas and Pacheco Fires. As of 6 a.m. today, an additional Type 1 Incident Management Team (Dugger Hughes, Incident Commander) assumed command of the south zone of the Las Conchas fire. The Los Conchas firefighting efforts are divided into two zones: Rienarz’s Type 1 Incident Management Team (IMT) will manage the north zone of the fire and Hughes’s Type 1 IMT will manage the south zone. Crews are dealing with extremely dry fuels and potential threats from thunderstorms and dry lightning strikes.

North – Long-range spotting along the north end of the fire continued throughout the day. Firefighters also scouted for potential fire line and burnout opportunities, including aerial ignition on peaks to moderate fire activity by backing the fire downslope. Tomorrow firefighters will continue to watch for spotting and hold the fire line using mop-up tactics.

The northeastern perimeter of the fire grew today; however, firefighters are assessing methods to funnel the fire from spreading.

East – Firefighters were successful in holding the fire line along NM Hwy 4. Tomorrow firefighters will continue to work the fire line along the highway through Bandelier National Monument. Firefighters are working with the Los Alamos National Laboratory to prevent the fire from spreading on to the lab.

South – Firefighting efforts in the southern part of the fire were successful today thanks to favorable winds. Efforts were also supported by lighter fuel types, which curbed the fire from spreading.

West – Firefighters were successful in holding the fire line along the western perimeter. Firefighters will continue to monitor the northwest side for the fire along NM Hwy 4.

Current Evacuations:

City of Los Alamos – The acting Los Alamos County Administrator issued an evacuation order for the city of Los Alamos. The Cities of Gold hotel in Pojoaque is offering shelter services for evacuating residents of Los Alamos. Los Alamos evacuees are advised against sheltering in White Rock, although White Rock is not at risk. White Rock is currently under a voluntary evacuation.

The Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society and the Espanola Valley Humane Society will be taking in dogs, cats, and other small household pets to help those displaced by the Las Conches Fire. They are also collecting names for those willing to host animals. For more information, please contact: Santa Fe (503) 983-4309, or Espanola (505) 753-8662.

The American Red Cross in New Mexico activated two official shelters in northern New Mexico: the Santa Claran Hotel & Casino in Espanola and the Cities of Gold Casino near Santa Fe. For more information, please contact the American Red Cross at (505) 265-8514 or 800-560-2302.

Pre-Evacuation Alert

If you live near the fire or near the Forest, you should always be ready for emergencies including evacuations, the three-step process is easy to remember and implement:

Ready – Take personal responsibility and prepare before the threat of a wildland fire so your home is ready in case of a fire. Create defensible space by clearing brush away from your home. Use fire-resistant landscaping and harden your home with fire-safe construction measures. Assemble emergency supplies and belongings in a safe spot. Plan escapes routes. Make sure all those residing within the home know the plan of action.

Set – Act immediately. Pack your vehicle with your emergency items. Remember your six P’s: people, personal computers, pets, pills, papers and pictures. Stay aware of the latest news and information on the fire from local media and your local fire department.

Go – Leave early! Follow your personal action plan. Doing so will not only support your safety, but will allow firefighters to best maneuver resources to combat the fire.

Date Started: 1 p.m., 6/26/2011
Number of Personnel: Approximately 752 personnel including seven hotshot crews and 14 handcrews.
Location: Approximately 12 miles southwest of Los Alamos off NM 4 at mile marker 35
Fuels: Mixed Conifer, Ponderosa Pine. Fuel moisture is extremely low.
Cause: Unknown – under investigation
Equipment: Four dozers and 28 engines
Size: approximately 80,000 acres
Aircraft: Five helicopters
Percent Contained: 3%
Residences: 13 destroyed and 3 damaged
Commercial Property: 3 damaged
Other structures: 2 destroyed

Media should call (505) 428-7739 to coordinate interviews.

For information regarding evacuations or information regarding the Los Alamos National Laboratory, please call (505) 820-1226.

Community Meetings

Los Alamos County will host daily public meetings at 2 p.m. at the White Rock Baptist Church until further notice.

Thursday, June 30:

5 p.m. at the Senior Center, One Kee Street, Santa Clara Pueblo.

Closures

NM Hwy 4 is closed at the Jemez Falls Campground and at NM Hwy 501. NM Hwy 502 westbound into Los Alamos is closed to all motorists. Access is controlled and limited to official traffic until further notification.

The Santa Fe National Forest and Valles Caldera National Preserve will close the majority of the Forest and Preserve to all public access starting Thursday, June 30, 2011. The Coyote and Cuba Ranger Districts North of NM Hwy 96 and West of NM Hwy 550 will remain open.

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish properties/recreation sites within Pecos Canyon will be closed. Those recreation sites include: Bert Clancey, Terrero, Jamie Koch, Mora River and Monastery Lake. New Mexico State Parks will also be closing Hyde Memorial, Fenton Lake and Morphy Lake State Parks.

Bureau of Land Management: The Bureau of Land Management’s Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is closed to the public. The monument isn’t currently threatened, but the road to the monument will be used by firefighters to access the southern flank of the fire.

Bandelier National Monument: The Bandelier National Monument is closed indefinitely.

For more information on current fire restrictions on public lands in New Mexico and Arizona, call 1-877-864-6985.

Los Alamos National Labs: The Los Alamos National Laboratory will be closed due to the fire. All laboratory facilities will be closed for all activities, and nonessential employees are directed to remain off site. Employees that are considered nonessential should not report to work unless specifically directed by their line managers. Employees should check local news sources, the LANL Update Hotline (505) 667-6622 and the LANL web page www.lanl.gov for updates. All radioactive and hazardous material is appropriately accounted for and protected. LANL staff is coordinating the on-site response and supporting the county and federal fire response.

Safety Message

The wildfire and burnout operations will continue to produce heavy smoke. Residents with respiratory problems in the path of smoke may want to consider relocating temporarily until smoke dissipates. Motorists should exercise caution due to reduced visibility.


Fire Update – June 29, 2011, 10:00 am
Area Command Team 1 (Dan Oltrogge, Area Commander) and an additional Type 1 Incident Management Team (Dugger Hughes, Incident Commander) in-briefed with host agencies late yesterday. Firefighting efforts were broken in two zones. Rienarz’s Type 1 Incident Management Team will manage the north zone of the fire and Hughes’s Incident Management Team will manage the south zone. Crews are dealing with extremely dry fuels and potential threats from thunderstorms and dry lightning strikes.

Northwest – Firefighters scouted a potential fireline and burnout opportunities, including opportunities for aerial ignition on peaks to help moderate fire intensity along Valles Caldera 2 Road and Valles Caldera 9 Road. Firefighters will also continue to maintain a fire line using mop up methods along 4 Road to prevent the fire from spreading within the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Fire line construction will also continue toward the Cerro Pelado area.

East – Firefighters will be working along SR 501 and Ski Area Road on through Highway 4 to curb the fire from spreading east. Structural protection continues in Bandelier National Monument. Crews will also be working spot fires along Ski Area Road. A structure implementation plan was set in place for the Pajarito Ski Area. The Los Alamos Fire Department was brought in to provide added resources in the area.

A Sandoval County Assessment team is completing a post fire damage assessment. Their current assessment has documented twelve residences destroyed.

South side – The fire is backing down several drainages. Firefighters are scouting for potential fireline south of the fire and monitor the Alamo and Hondo Canyons, as well as the Sanchez and Capulin Canyon.

Current Evacuations:

City of Los Alamos – The acting Los Alamos County Administrator issued an evacuation order for the city of Los Alamos. The Cities of Gold hotel in Pojoaque is offering shelter services for evacuating residents of Los Alamos. Los Alamos evacuees are advised against sheltering in White Rock, although White Rock is not at risk. White Rock is currently under a voluntary evacuation.

The Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society and the Espanola Valley Humane Society will be taking in dogs, cats and other small household pets to help those displaced by the Las Conches Fire. They are also collecting names for those willing to host animals. For more information, please contact: Santa Fe (503) 983-4309, or Espanola (505) 753-8662.

The American Red Cross in New Mexico activated two official shelters in northern New Mexico: the Santa Claran Hotel & Casino in Espanola and the Cities of Gold Casino near Santa Fe. The American Red Cross (505) 265-8514 or 800-560-2302.

Pre-Evacuation Alert

If you live near the fire or near the Forest, you should always be ready for emergencies including evacuations, the three-step process is easy to remember and implement:

· Ready – Take personal responsibility and prepare before the threat of a wildland fire so your home is ready in case of a fire. Create defensible space by clearing brush away from your home. Use fire-resistant landscaping and harden your home with fire-safe construction measures. Assemble emergency supplies and belongings in a safe spot. Plan escapes routes. Make sure all those residing within the home know the plan of action.

· Set – Act immediately. Pack your vehicle with your emergency items. Remember your six P’s: people, personal computers, pets, pills, papers and pictures. Stay aware of the latest news and information on the fire from local media and your local fire department.

· Go – Leave early! Follow your personal action plan. Doing so will not only support your safety, but will allow firefighters to best maneuver resources to combat the fire.

Date Started: 1 p.m., 6/26/2011
Number of Personnel: Approximately 350 personnel including three hotshot crews and nine handcrews .
Location: Approximately 12 miles southwest of Los Alamos off NM 4 at mile marker 35
Fuels: Mixed Conifer, Ponderosa Pine. Fuel moisture is extremely low.
Cause: Unknown – under investigation
Equipment: Four dozers and 12 engines
Size: 69,555 acres based on 06/29 infrared data
Aircraft: Five helicopters
Percent Contained: 3%
Residences Destroyed: 12

· Media should call (505) 428-7739 to coordinate interviews.
· For information regarding evacuations or information regarding the Los Alamos National Laboratory, please call 505-820-1226.

Community Meetings

Wednesday, June 29:

· 2 p.m., the Los Alamos County Council will host a town hall meeting with White Rock residents and those who have been evacuated from Los Alamos. The meeting will be held at the White Rock Baptist Church (80 State Rt 4). Atomic City Transit will offer bus service from the two shelters to the meeting. Bus pick up times are: 12:45 p.m. at the Santa Claran Resort Center and 1:15 p.m. at the Cities of Gold Hotel Conference Center.

· 6 p.m. at the Madonna Parish Hall in Jemez Springs, off Hwy 4 between mile marker 15 and 16.

· 6 p.m. at the Cochiti Pueblo Community Center, 255 Cochiti Street, Cochiti Pueblo.

Thursday, June 30:

· 5 p.m. at the Senior Center, One Kee Street, Santa Clara Pueblo.

Closures
NM 4 is closed at Jemez Falls Campground and at NM 501. NM 502 westbound into Los Alamos is now closed to all motorists. Access is controlled and limited to official traffic until further notification.

For a recorded update on evacuations and road closures, call a Santa Fe National Forest toll-free line: 877-971-FIRE.

Bureau of Land Management: The Bureau of Land Management’s Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument will close to the public. The monument isn’t currently threatened, but the road to the monument will be used by firefighters to access the southern flank of the fire.

Bandelier National Monument: The Bandelier National Monument will be closed indefinitely.

Los Alamos National Labs: The Los Alamos National Laboratory will be closed due to the fire. All laboratory facilities will be closed for all activities, and nonessential employees are directed to remain off site. Employees that are considered nonessential should not report to work unless specifically directed by their line managers. Employees should check local news sources, the LANL Update Hotline (505) 667-6622 and the LANL web page www.lanl.gov for updates. All radioactive and hazardous material is appropriately accounted for and protected. LANL staff is coordinating the on-site response and supporting the county and federal fire response.

Safety Message

The wildfire and burnout operations will continue to produce heavy smoke. Residents with respiratory problems in the path of smoke may want to consider relocating temporarily until smoke dissipates. Motorists should exercise caution due to reduced visibility.


Fire Update – June 28, 2011, 11:00 pm
Area Command Team 1 (Dan Oltrogge, Area Commander) and an additional Type 1 Incident Management Team (Dugger Hughes, Incident Commander) in-briefed with host agencies today. The fire will be zoned beginning tomorrow. Rienarz’s Type 1 Incident Management Team will manage the north zone of the fire and Hughes’s Incident Management Team will manage the south zone.

A Sandoval County Assessment team is completing a post fire damage assessment. Their current assessment has documented twelve residences destroyed.

Fire activity today was active with short range spotting and short crown runs. Fire growth occurred in all directions. The fire had some thunderstorm activity however no measurable precipitation occurred over the fire.

North – Firefighters scouted potential fireline and burnout opportunities, including opportunities for aerial ignition on peaks to help moderate fire intensity. There is active fire in the Pajarito Ski Resort. Firefighters are providing structural protection in the area. Firefighters constructed dozer line around a slopover north of State Road (SR) 4. Aerial resources were unable to fly in the afternoon due to smoky conditions in the area.

East side – Firefighters are mopping up along State Road (SR) 4. The area is looking good east of SR 501. Structural protection continues in Bandelier National Monument.

South side – The fire is backing down several drainages. Firefighters are scouting for potential fireline south of the fire.

Current Evacuations:

City of Los Alamos – The acting Los Alamos County Administrator issued an evacuation order for the city of Los Alamos. The Cities of Gold hotel in Pojoaque is offering shelter services for evacuating residents of Los Alamos. Los Alamos evacuees are advised against sheltering in White Rock, although White Rock is not at risk. White Rock is currently under a voluntary evacuation.The Cities of Gold hotel in Pojoaque offers shelter services for evacuating residents of the Los Alamos townsite. Cities of Gold also accepts pets. Many residents remain in White Rock following voluntary evacuations which began Sunday. Los Alamos townsite evacuees are advised against sheltering in White Rock, although White Rock is not at risk. The Cities of Gold hotel in Pojoaque offers shelter services for evacuating residents of the Los Alamos townsite. Cities of Gold also accepts pets. Many residents remain in White Rock following voluntary evacuations which began Sunday. Los Alamos townsite evacuees are advised against sheltering in White Rock, although White Rock is not at risk. The Cities of Gold hotel in Pojoaque offers shelter services for evacuating residents of the Los Alamos townsite. Cities of Gold also accepts pets. Many residents remain in White Rock following voluntary evacuations which began Sunday. Los Alamos townsite evacuees are advised against sheltering in White Rock, although White Rock is not at risk.

The Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society and the Espanola Valley Humane Society will be taking in dogs, cats and other small household pets to help those displaced by the Las Conches Fire. They are also collecting names for those willing to host animals. For more information, please contact: Santa Fe (503) 983-4309, or Espanola (505) 753-8662.

Pre-Evacuation Alert

If you live near the fire or near the Forest, you should always be ready for emergencies including evacuations, the three-step process is easy to remember and implement:

· Ready – Take personal responsibility and prepare before the threat of a wildland fire so your home is ready in case of a fire. Create defensible space by clearing brush away from your home. Use fire-resistant landscaping and harden your home with fire-safe construction measures. Assemble emergency supplies and belongings in a safe spot. Plan escapes routes. Make sure all those residing within the home know the plan of action.

· Set – Act immediately. Pack your vehicle with your emergency items. Remember your six P’s: people, personal computers, pets, pills, papers and pictures. Stay aware of the latest news and information on the fire from local media and your local fire department.

· Go – Leave early! Follow your personal action plan. Doing so will not only support your safety, but will allow firefighters to best maneuver resources to combat the fire.

Date Started: 1 p.m., 6/26/2011

Number of Personnel: Approximately 341 personnel including three hotshot crews and nine handcrews .

Location: Approximately 12 miles southwest of Los Alamos off NM 4 at mile marker 35

Fuels: Mixed Conifer, Ponderosa Pine. Fuel moisture is extremely low.

Cause: Unknown – under investigation

Equipment: Four dozers and 12 engines

Size: 60,741 acres based on 06/28 0300 infrared data

Aircraft: Five helicopters

Percent Contained: 3%

Residences Destroyed: 12

· Media should call (505) 428-7739 to coordinate interviews.

· For information regarding evacuations or information regarding the Los Alamos National Laboratory, please call 505-820-1226.

Community Meetings

Wednesday, June 29:

· 2 p.m., the Los Alamos County Council will host a town hall meeting with White Rock residents and those who have been evacuated from Los Alamos. The meeting will be held at the White Rock Baptist Church (80 State Rt 4). Atomic City Transit will offer bus service from the two shelters to the meeting. Bus pick up times are: 12:45 p.m. at the Santa Claran Resort Center and 1:15 p.m. at the Cities of Gold Hotel Conference Center.

· 6 p.m. at the Madonna Parish Hall in Jemez Springs, off Hwy 4 between mile marker 15 and 16.

· 6 p.m. at the Cochiti Pueblo Community Center, 255 Cochiti Street, Cochiti Pueblo.

Thursday, June 30:

· 5 p.m. at the Senior Center, One Kee Street, Santa Clara Pueblo.

Closures

NM 4 is closed at Jemez Falls Campground and at NM 501. NM 502 westbound into Los Alamos is now closed to all motorists. Access is controlled and limited to official traffic until further notification.

Bureau of Land Management: The Bureau of Land Management’s Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument will close to the public beginning on Wednesday June 29. The monument isn’t currently threatened, but the road to the monument will be used by firefighters to access the southern flank of the fire.

Bandelier National Monument: The Bandelier National Monument will be closed indefinitely.

Los Alamos National Labs: The Los Alamos National Laboratory will be closed due to the fire. All laboratory facilities will be closed for all activities, and nonessential employees are directed to remain off site. Employees that are considered nonessential should not report to work unless specifically directed by their line managers. Employees should check local news sources, the LANL Update Hotline (505) 667-6622 and the LANL web page www.lanl.gov for updates. All radioactive and hazardous material is appropriately accounted for and protected. LANL staff is coordinating the on-site response and supporting the county and federal fire response.

Safety Message

The wildfire and burnout operations will continue to produce heavy smoke. Residents with respiratory problems in the path of smoke may want to consider relocating temporarily until smoke dissipates. Motorists should exercise caution due to reduced visibility.


June 28, 2011, 11:30 am
Fire Update:
East – Crews are working to protect structures near Bandelier, as well as working to contain the fire along the Frijole Canyon.
West – Crews are building direct lines to prevent fire movement to the west.
Northeast – Crews are working to contain the fire using burnout methods to prevent the fire from spreading north of Pajarito Road and east of Highway 501.
South – North of Cochiti fire progression is being slowed by lighter fuel types. Firefighters are evaluating methods to stop the fire from spreading south.

Date Started: 1 p.m., 6/26/2011
Number of Personnel: Approximately 315. Resources include two hotshot crews and nine hand crews. An Area Command Team and an additional Type I Incident Management Team have been assigned to the fire.
Location: Approximately 12 miles southwest of Los Alamos off NM 4 at mile marker 35
Fuels: Mixed Conifer, Ponderosa Pine. Fuel moisture is extremely low.
Cause: Unknown – under investigation
Equipment: Five dozers and 13 engines
Size: 60,741 acres based on infrared data
Aircraft: Seven helicopters
Percent Contained: 0%

? Media should call (505) 428-7739 to coordinate interviews.
? For information regarding evacuations or information regarding the Los Alamos National Laboratory, please call 505-820-1226.
? A public meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m., Wednesday, June 29, at the Madonna Parish Hall in Jemez Springs, off Hwy 4 between mile marker 15 and 16.

Current Evacuations:
City of Los Alamos – The acting Los Alamos County Administrator issued an evacuation order for the city of Los Alamos. The Cities of Gold hotel in Pojoaque is offering shelter services for evacuating residents of Los Alamos. Los Alamos evacuees are advised against sheltering in White Rock, although White Rock is not at risk. White Rock is currently under a voluntary evacuation.

Pre-Evacuation Alert
If you live near the fire or near the Forest, you should always be ready for emergencies including evacuations, the three-step process is easy to remember and implement:
• Ready – Take personal responsibility and prepare before the threat of a wildland fire so your home is ready in case of a fire. Create defensible space by clearing brush away from your home. Use fire-resistant landscaping and harden your home with fire-safe construction measures. Assemble emergency supplies and belongings in a safe spot. Plan escapes routes. Make sure all those residing within the home know the plan of action.
• Set – Act immediately. Pack your vehicle with your emergency items. Remember your six P’s: people, personal computers, pets, pills, papers and pictures. Stay aware of the latest news and information on the fire from local media and your local fire department.
• Go – Leave early! Follow your personal action plan. Doing so will not only support your safety, but will allow firefighters to best maneuver resources to combat the fire.

Closures
NM 4 is closed at Jemez Falls Campground and at NM 501. NM 502 westbound into Los Alamos is now closed to all motorists. Access is controlled and limited to official traffic until further notification.

Bandelier National Monument: The Bandelier National Monument will be closed indefinitely.

Los Alamos National Labs: The Los Alamos National Laboratory will be closed due to the fire. All laboratory facilities will be closed for all activities, and nonessential employees are directed to remain off site. Employees that are considered nonessential should not report to work unless specifically directed by their line managers. Employees should check local news sources, the LANL Update Hotline (505) 667-6622 and the LANL web page www.lanl.gov for updates. All radioactive and hazardous material is appropriately accounted for and protected. LANL staff is coordinating the on-site response and supporting the county and federal fire response.

Safety Message
The wildfire and burnout operations will continue to produce heavy smoke. Residents with respiratory problems in the path of smoke may want to consider relocating temporarily until smoke dissipates. Motorists should exercise caution due to reduced visibility.


June 27, 2011 at 11 a.m.
LAS CONCHAS WILDFIRE UPDATE
Fire Name: Las Conchas
Time/Date Started: 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 26, 2011
Location: Jemez Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest; approximately 3 miles south of Los Alamos. The fire started on private land off of NM 4 at mile marker 35.
Legal Description: T18N, R4E, SEC 4
Cause: Unknown, under investigation
Fuels: Mixed Conifer, Ponderosa Pine, Pinon-Juniper
Size: 60,740 acres (Updated acreage from the Infrared Flight last night)

% Contained: 0
Resources Committed: Joe S. Reinarz’ Type 1 Incident Management Team took over management of the fire at 6:00pm this evening. Seven Hotshot crews (Type 1 crews), 12 Type 2 Crews, 31 engines, 3 water tenders, 5 dozers and 20 aircraft (12 air tankers and 8 helicopters). Numerous resources on-scene and more are en route.

Weather: Today’s weather: mostly sunny in the morning then partly cloudy with a slight chance of dry thunderstorms in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation: 10 percent. Max temperatures: 82 degrees. Relative humidity: 13 percent. Southwest winds 14 mph with gusts up to 25 mph diminishing through sunrise. Gusty and erratic winds expected near thunderstorms in the afternoon.
Structures/threats: Structures, powerlines, natural gas lines, Bandelier National Monument and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

Evacuations: Las Alamos and surrounding communties within the fire perimeter. Voluntary evacuations are in place for the Cochiti area.
If you live near the fire or near the Forest who should always be ready for emergencies including evacuations, the three-step process is easy to remember and implement:

Ready – Take personal responsibility and prepare long before the threat of a wildland fire so your home is ready in case of a fire. Create defensible space by clearing brush away from your home. Use fire-resistant landscaping and harden your home with fire-safe construction measures. Assemble emergency supplies and belongings in a safe spot. Plan escapes routes. Make sure all those residing within the home know the plan of action.

Set – Act immediately. Pack your vehicle with your emergency items. Remember your six P’s: people, personnel computers, pets, pills, papers and pictures. Stay aware of the latest news and information on the fire from local media and your local fire department.

Go – Leave early! Follow your personal action plan. Doing so will not only support your safety, but will allow firefighters to best maneuver resources to combat the fire.
Road Closures: NM 4 is closed at due to spotting across the road way and NM 501.
Los Alamos National Labs: The Los Alamos National Laboratory will be closed due to the fire. All laboratory facilities will be closed for all activities and nonessential employees are directed to remain off site. Employees are considered nonessential and should not report to work unless specifically directed by their line managers. Employees should check local news sources, the LANL Update Hotline 505-667-6622 and the LANL web page www.lanl.gov for updates. All radioactive and hazardous material is appropriately accounted for and protected. LANL staff is coordinating the on-site response and supporting the county and federal fire response.
Bandelier National Monument: The Bandelier National Monument will be closed for at least three days due to the fire.
Valles Caldera National Preserve: The Valles Caldera National Preserve is also closed.
Summary: Active fire behavior has been observed today with running and spotting on both sides of NM Hwy 4. Firefighters conducted burnout operations last night and today. Burnout operations consist of setting fire near containment line to consume fuel between the edge of the fire and the containment lines. Since this fire started firefighters have and will continue to fight this fire aggressively. A Temproary Flight Restriction (TFR) has been established over the fire perimeter.
Smoke:

Increased smoke impacts are anticipated around both the Pacheco and Las Conchas fires associated with a wind shift to the east Monday night. Fire growth has been significant on the Las Conchas fire which results in more
significant smoke impacts for nearby communities as well as potentially being transported longer distances. The Forest Service is working closely with NM Environment Department, NM Department of Health, National Weather
Service and other land management agencies to develop joint messages for the public on potential air quality impacts. As part of this joint effort, experimental computer models developed by Forest Service Pacific Northwest
Research Station AirFire Team are being utilized to model smoke impacts. To better understand the impacts of the fires and best advise the public, increased air quality monitoring is being conducted by the cooperating agencies. Winds across the region will shift dramatically to the east Monday evening, driving smoke from the Las Conchas Fire into Jemez Springs, Los Alamos, and potentially Cuba. With this wind shift, smoke from the Pacheco Fire will likely impact Nambé Pueblo, Chimayo, Cochiti, Santa Fe, and Española. Winds will begin to shift to more of a southerly direction
Tuesday morning and strengthen. With the changing winds, smoke impacts are hard to pin point and caution should be used near fire activity and if visibility is ramatically reduced which indicates high smoke and particulate levels. For a smoke forecast from the Las Conchas and Pacheco Wildfires visit: http://gacc.nifc.gov/swcc/predictive/outlooks/smoke/swcc_smoke_outlook.pdf. For more information on how to protect yourself from smoke visit: http://nmhealth.org/eheb/documents/Smoke_FACTSHEET_06.8.11_000.pdf.