The Jemez Mountains Are On Fire

Jemez Mountain Fire as seen from Rio Rancho

I figure it was only a matter of time, with the dry windy weather conditions, that there would be a fire in Jemez. The official name of the fire is the Las Conchas Fire and it’s putting on a spectacular smoke display (and not in a good way).

The Pacheco Fire continues to burn near Santa Fe.

The La Conchas Fire now has a Inciweb entry and is already at 3500+ acres.

The Pajarito Mountain ski area web came has live video of the fire.

0% Chance Of Rain In Albuquerque

I posted a screen capture of The Weather Channel’s iOS app on my flicker account showing the 0% chance of rain for the next week. That was a few days ago and there is still 0% chance of rain for the next week.

The City of Albuquerque has Imposed Open-Space Fire Restrictions.

Albuquerque Fire Chief James Breen, along with Mayor Richard J. Berry and Public Safety Director Darren White announced Stage II Fire Restrictions in the Open Space Areas effective June 14, 2011, 12:01 a.m.

Extreme Fire Danger

Stage II Fire Restrictions are being implemented due to the extreme fire danger in Open Space Areas located within the municipal boundaries of the City of Albuquerque.

The decision to implement greater fire restrictions is based on current fire indices, fire behavior predictions, current and expected weather conditions, drought indexes, human factors, and ignition factors. Additionally, there is high fire activity throughout the State of New Mexico and outside agency resources to assist with the suppression of new wildland fires is limited.

Stage II Restrictions intensifies the restrictions from Stage I by focusing on activities that, although normally managed under permit or contract, have a relatively high risk of causing a fire.

Restrictions

Stage II Fire Restrictions prohibit the following activities in Open Space Areas:

  1. Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, open flame, campfire or stove fire Smoking
  2. Possessing, discharging or using any kind of fireworks or other pyrotechnic device
  3. Possessing or using a motor vehicle off any publicly designated roadways, except when parking in developed parking lots or at developed trailheads
  4. Operating a chainsaw or other equipment powered by an internal combustion engine
  5. Operating any piece of spark-emitting equipment
  6. Operating any internal or external combustion engine
  7. Welding, or operating an acetylene or other torch with an open flame
  8. Camping or overnight stay

Open Space Areas

Open Space areas include:

  • Lands zoned or designated as open space in the City’s adopted Plan for Major Public Open Space and acquired by the City
  • Bosque or Bosque Areas
  • Rio Grande State Park
  • Wildlands Areas and wildlands and urban interface areas
  • Major named arroyos
  • Lined or unlined drain-ways
  • Retention dams and retention pond areas and abutting rights-of-way or easements which have been publicly acquired
  • Any open lands for which the City has assumed control or management responsibility by lease, easement, or legal agreement.

As Betty at Maximum Verbosity says, Smoke is the new rain here.

First Space Launch Successful From Spaceport America

The first successful launch from spaceport america occurred today.

The rocket launched amid clear weather conditions from Upland, between Las Cruces and Truth or Consequences. The rocket contained the ashes of hundreds of people, among them, James Doohan, the actor who played “scotty” in the popular “Star Trek” series. Also on board were the ashes of L. Gordon Cooper, who was one of NASA’s original Mercury astronauts.

The first launch was a failure, this one had to be successful since it carried the remains of lots of people, including James Doohan “Scotty” from Star Trek.