Final Update on the Guadalupe Fire in the Jemez

JEMEZ RANGER DISTRICT, SANTA FE NATIONAL FOREST

 

The human caused Guadalupe Fire near Forest Road 376 on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest that burned 6.3 acres is now 100 percent contained.

The fire consumed mostly logging slash and pre-made piles, but produced enough thick smoke to be visible from as far as Rio Rancho. It was first reported to the Jemez Ranger District office on Friday, Dec. 8 at 12:27 p.m. and was contained on Sunday, Dec. 10.

Update on the Guadalupe Fire

The latest report on the Guadalupe Fire has it at 6.2 acres and 40 percent contained. By 6 p.m. fire crews had established a line around the fire, said Forest Service spokesman Bruce Hill.

John Fredlund wrote on the Jemez Post Facbook page:  USFS was all over it and they are doing a great job. LCVFD was asked to bring water, and they put us to work patrolling/improving the line. I am optimistic that they caught it and will be able to keep it inside the lines – keep fingers crossed.

It has been determined that the fire was human caused by someone setting it in the logging slash and pre-made piles. These are not the same as the stick structures reported to be appearing on the Jemez Ranger District (and Sasquatch is not a suspect).

Wildfire Breaks Out in the Jemez

An uncommon event this time of the year, a wildfire has broken out in the Jemez.

First reported today at 12:27 p.m., the wildfire, now named the Guadalupe Fire, broke out near Forest Road 376 on the Jemez Ranger District, consuming about 2 to 3 acres so far. The cause of the fire is as yet unknown and it is mostly burning through logging slash and pre-made piles.

The fire is producing heavy smoke which is which visible as far south as Rio Rancho, and starts to loom as an alarming site for travelers approaching the Jemez along U.S. Highway 550.

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Hike Up Mesa de Las Casas

By Stan Renfro
JEMEZ HIKING
Mesa de Las Casas
At 10 a.m., on Friday, December 8, I will lead a hike up Mesa de Las Casas, leaving from the intersection of Camino Corto and Vista Hermosa, located above the Trailhouse store.
Bring water and food, and don’t forget that the weather may get colder than it is, and may surprise us. The journey takes about five hours, and is precipitous.

Stick Structures; We Are Not Alone

By R.W.

Since there were so many searching, probing and perceptive entries on the Jemez Post Facebook page concerning the issue of Stick Structures in the National Forests, I feel compelled to clear the matter up.

Yes, there were some good comments, and yes, some were reaching the heart of the matter, which is not surprising, since the answer to the mystery is quite simple.

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Stick Structures in Santa Fe National Forest; Who’s Building Them and Why?

By Julie Anne Overton

SANTA FE NATIONAL FOREST

The number of human-built conical stick structures – some as tall as two stories and 20 feet or more in diameter – popping up on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) seems to be on the rise, and Forest Service officials are wondering why.

They are also concerned about the significant health and safety hazards posed by these structures.

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Another Dog Caught in a Trap in the Jemez

By R.W.

 A dog being walked by a couple of Jemez folks ran into an animal trap set in an arroyo beside a designated road, on Forest Road 376, about half a mile north of the Gilman Tunnels.
They were alerted to the animal’s distress when it began shrieking and jumping around in panic. It was easily within view and quickly released by its owners. They observed that there was fresh blood sprinkled all over the trap (not the dog’s), and a chunk of meat a few feet away such that an animal would have to step on the trap to get to the meat.

This dog was not too badly injured, but there have been ugly incidents in the past with terrible consequences for people’s pets, traumatic for both the animals and their owners.

Some time ago Patti Foy, local resident, had an experience with her dogs, walking them in the Jemez, who became injured in traps set near a road. She wrote an informative article, which is worth revisiting, in which she gives useful information for people who might find themselves in a similar situation.

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Jemez Ranger District Has Applied Vallecitos and Joaquin Prescribed Burns

By Julie Anne Overton

SANTA FE NATIONAL FOREST

Taking advantage of unseasonably favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) have moved forward with previously announced prescribed burns to help reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire in the 2018 fire season.

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Jemez Ranger District Plans Vallecitos Prescribed Burn

Julie Anne Overton

SANTA FE NATIONAL FOREST

 

Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest hope to take advantage of unseasonably favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, to resume the Vallecitos prescribed burn on the Jemez Ranger District.

Ignitions could begin as early as Tuesday, Nov. 28, on the final 91-acre unit in the Vallecitos treatment area adjacent to the East Fork trail head and NM Highway 4.

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More  News From the Wooded Areas Up Above Us and All Around Us

Julie Anne Overton

SANTA FE NATIONAL FOREST

The Santa Fe National Forest invites fuelwood permit holders to take advantage of recent thinning projects along Forest Road (FR) 376 near the Gilman Tunnels to collect firewood for the winter.

The wood has already been felled, limbed and bucked into six-foot lengths for the convenience of the public.  All you need to collect up to five cords of wood is a valid fuelwood permit which can be purchased for $20.  The FR 376 fuelwood area will be open until Dec. 31, 2017.

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Cut-Your-Own Christmas Tree Permits On Sale Nov. 20; 4th Graders Can Get One Free

SANTA FE NATIONAL FOREST

Permits to cut your own Christmas tree on the Santa Fe National Forest go on sale Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, at Forest Headquarters, all Ranger District offices and select third-party vendors.

As part of the “Every Kid in a Park” initiative, every fourth grader is eligible for a free holiday tree permit.  In order to redeem the free permit, the student must present a valid fourth-grade pass, downloadable at www.everykidinapark.gov.  Once the pass is printed out, the fourth graders must bring a parent or guardian over the age of 18 with them to the nearest SFNF office to pick up the permit.  The free permits can only be fulfilled at a Santa Fe National Forest office.

The nonrefundable Christmas tree permits are for personal use only and may be purchased for $10 by check, credit/debit card or cash through Dec. 23, 2017.  Permit purchasers will receive a tree tag, map and guidelines for harvesting a tree.

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Santa Fe National Forest Offices Closed

Julie Anne Overton 
Acting Public Affairs Officer, SANTA FE NATIONAL FOREST

All Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) offices will be closed Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, in observance of Veterans Day, which honors the service of all who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.  Forest offices will resume regular business hours on Monday, Nov. 13.

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Forest Service Hiring for Temporary Positions for 2018 Field Season

By Julie Anne Overton, Acting Public Affairs Officer

SANTA FE NATIONAL FOREST

The Forest Service, U. S. Department of Agriculture, will be accepting applications for temporary spring and summer jobs in Arizona and New Mexico from November 1-9, 2017.

More information on temporary employment in the Forest Service’s Southwestern Region can be found at Centralized Temporary Hiring Outreach, including a link to the 2018 Outreach Notice with job listings for the Southwestern Region.

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Stable Mesa Prescribed Burn Begins

JEMEZ RANGER DISTRICT OF THE SANTA FE NATIONAL FOREST

Fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest started operations on the 1,950-acre Stable Mesa prescribed burn today, blacklining the perimeter of the treatment area.  If conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable, the expectation is to complete ignitions this weekend.

The Stable Mesa unit is located about 5 miles northwest of Jemez Springs, 8 miles north of Gilman and 6 miles west of La Cueva.

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Firewood Permits at Santa Fe National Forest Offices

We might be in the midst of an unseasonably warm spell, but since seasons do change what lies ahead is Winter. I have noticed that folk have been reaching an old post, dating back to May this year, that details the firewood permits offered by the  Santa Fe National Forest. That information is still accurate, so to make access to it easier here it is again.

 

Jemez Ranger District Firewood Permits for Sale Now

Fall Prescribed Burns Planned on Jemez Ranger District

Julie Anne Overton
Acting Public Affairs Officer, SANTA FE NATIONAL FOREST

Fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest hope to take advantage of favorable fall conditions to conduct prescribed burns as early as Monday, Oct. 16.  That window is dependent on favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts.

The primary target is a planned broadcast burn on the 1,950-acre Stable unit located about 5 miles northwest of Jemez Springs, 8 miles north of Gilman and 6 miles west of La Cueva.

Additional projects fire managers are considering for this fall include:

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All over?…

Entrance to the “fire zone” off Forest Road 376 yesterday. Rising smoke visible beyond skyline.

Julie Anne Overton, Acting Public Affairs Officer for the Santa Fe National Forest issued this final sounding press release concerning the Deer Creek Fire:

Crews on the Santa Fe National Forest have completed fire operations on the 1,022-acre Deer Creek Fire on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF).  The lightning-caused wildfire on Peggy Mesa gave fire managers the opportunity to capitalize on a natural ignition to provide long-term benefits to the fire-adapted ecosystem.

Objectives for the fire included:

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Heavy Fire Traffic on Forest Road 376

Smoke rose above and crept down the mesa this morning.

The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) warns that today heavy fire traffic is expected on the south end of Forest Road 376, and motorists are urged to use caution while driving through the staging area. This is the road that is the continuation of N.M. Highway 485 which starts at N.M. Highway 4 north of Cañon. Forest Road 376 is popular with visitors to the Jemez; it passes through the recently reopened Gilman Tunnels.

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Still Smoking and Planning to Smoke Some More

(POST UPDATED)

Photos R.W.

 

Smoke from the Deer Creek fire rose into a cloudy sky; it was actually starting to rain when I took these photos. The burn area got some rain yesterday too, but  “fuel moistures” are reported to still be low.The wind this afternoon was quite strong, and the plume traveled in what looked like a northeasterly direction, from my angle of observation, without rising too high.

In a press release, Julie Anne Overton reports that the fire is holding at 140 acres. The Forest Service plans to extend it to an  area of 1,022 acres. Fire crews have finished the preparatory work along the perimeter of the proposed extent of the fire.

Today a helicopter will make observations of the area as crews begin hand ignitions to blackline the perimeter.  Aerial ignitions may begin as early as Sunday.  A smoke monitoring system has been placed on the Jemez Pueblo and will monitor air quality during the remainder of the fire.

 

UPDATE:

And see what happens when the wind suddenly changes direction. This will give the smoke monitoring station in Jemez Pueblo something to monitor.

Looking south, toward Cañon and Jemez Pueblo:

Updates on Deer Creek and Five Other Current Santa Fe National Forest Fires

By Julie Anne Overton and Dianne A. Berry
SANTA FE NATIONAL FOREST

Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) continue to manage the lightning-caused Deer Creek Fire on the Jemez Ranger District and the Ojitos Fire on the Coyote Ranger District by using low-intensity fire on the ground to achieve multiple resource benefits.

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Fall Alert

Photos R.W.

Still late Summer in the air, and the bosque and the high country not quite committed to the new season, but symptoms of coming change are popping up all over. Here are a few faint signs:

Aspen, most are still green. This is new growth, just above Los Alamos, in an area burnt a few years ago. 

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Deer Creek Fire and Other Forest News

By Julie Anne Overton

SANTA FE NATIONAL FOREST

 

Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to manage the lightning-caused Deer Creek Fire on Peggy Mesa by using low-intensity fire on the ground to achieve multiple resource benefits.

The Deer Creek Fire started Sept. 15 on Peggy Mesa in the old San Diego prescribed burn area and adjacent to the site of this summer’s lightning-caused Peggy Fire.  Objectives for managing the Deer Creek Fire include:

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Deer Creek Fire Smoke Rises Over the Nascimientos

Photos R.W.

Smoke from the lightning strike caused Deer Creek Fire has now become visible in the southern parts of the Jemez Valley.  It started on Sept. 18 when it was estimated at about eight acres, but has most likely grown by now. No new reports on its progress have yet been posted  on New Mexico Fire Information or the Santa Fe National Forest sites.

The fire is burning on the Jemez Ranger District next to the site of the Peggy Fire.

 

Smoke Rising Over Gilman and Two Other Fires in Santa Fe National Forest

By Julie Anne Overton

SANTA FE NATIONAL FOREST

Three lightning-caused fires on the Santa Fe National Forest are putting up visible smoke today as crews keep an eye on the Deer Creek, Beaver Creek, and Ojitos Fires.

A lightning strike on Friday started the Deer Creek Fire, estimated at about eight acres, on the Jemez Ranger District next to the site of the Peggy Fire which started on July 18.  As crews monitor the Deer Creek Fire, which is about 2 miles northwest of the Gilman Tunnels, smoke has been reported from US Highway 550 and may impact the Pueblo of Jemez and the communities of Gilman and Cañon.

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Beaver Creek Fire in the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District

By Julie Anne Overton

SANTA FE NATIONAL FOREST

Reported: Members of the public reported seeing smoke on Sept. 10, 2017, and the Barillas Fire Lookout Tower confirmed smoke and an approximate location on Sept. 11.

Cause:  Unconfirmed, but lightning is the most probable cause.

Size: Estimated at 1-2 acres.

Location:  On the southeastern edge of the Pecos Wilderness on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) near Hermit’s Peak and about 4 miles south of the village of Rociada.

Vegetation:  Mixed conifer.

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Large Animals Thrive in the Jemez in Improved Forest Conditions

Video: New Mexico State University. 

An article in the Las Cruces Sun-News explores the results of habitat restoration  through prescribed burns and forest thinning that have been part of the Southwest Jemez Collaborative Landscape Restoration Project.

The study results so far give interesting insights into the changing conditions into the Santa Fe National Forest and Valles Caldera National Preserve in the mountains above us.

The link to the article is here.

 

SFNF Waives Fees for National Public Lands Day; Volunteers Needed for Trail Improvement Projects

By Julie Anne Overton

SANTA FE NATIONAL FOREST

The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) invites you to celebrate National Public Lands Day on the SFNF on Saturday, Sept. 30, by volunteering to work on popular multi-use trails that need a little TLC.  Or, take advantage of the third fee-free day of the year to visit your favorite sites on the forest for free.

National Public Lands Day is the largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands.  Last year, over 200,000 volunteers at 2,600 locations accomplished $18 million in public land improvements.  This year, the SFNF is offering two great opportunities to get outside with friends and family while practicing environmental stewardship:

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