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Carson National Forest Back To Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

Angel Fire Chamber of CommerceTaos, NM, July 29, 2011 – Due to recent rains and better fuel moistures, the Carson National Forest will go back to Stage 1 Fire Restrictions beginning at noon Friday, July 29, 2011.

Stage 1 fire restrictions include the following:

  1. No building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, wood or charcoal burning stove. Campfires are allowed in fire grills and grates provided by the Forest Service in developed recreation sites. Gas and propane stoves, lanterns or heating devices are permitted providing such devices meet the fire underwriter’s specifications for safety.
  2. 2. Smoking is allowed only in an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all grass and debris.

Some areas do remain closed due to either construction or revegetation work. The Augua Piedra Campground off of US 518 is closed for construction. Forest Road 703 through Amole Canyon and the Tia Maes Trail remains closed for the revegetation in vicinity of the Osha Fire. Cabresto Campgrounds and Cabresto Lake remains off limits to the public until August 31from the junction of Forest Roads 134 and 134A to a point immediately above Cabresto Dam and Reservoir, including trails and roads due to construction activities in preparation for next year’s dam reconstruction.

Violation of these prohibitions is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for organizations, imprisonment for not more than six months, or both.

The public is welcome to visit, hike, and camp on the Carson National Forest but should follow all Stage 1 Restrictions and additional closures.

Please be patient as some areas need to have gates opened and that takes a while, thanks.

For more information call 877-864-6985 or visit www.fs.fed.us/r3/carson or www.nmfireinfo.com for all State and Federal recreation sites in New Mexico.

Wildfire Update

Updated Monday, June 13, 2011 at 5:30 pm

As of 4:00 pm this afternoon the wildfire that is north of Raton is still burning on both sides of I-25. This afternoon the winds for most part have picked up and the fire is burning northeast and there is little to no containment. However the fire on the west side of I-25 is not as big as the fire on the east side. Currently the US Forest Service has taken command of the fire fighting and is on scene with Type II equipment and about 500 to 600 fire fighters on the fire line including aircraft, etc., fighting the fire.

The Fire started on the north side of Raton along side the railroad and move north into the county jumping I-25 and is still burning on both sides of I-25. Interstate 25 remains closed. The fire is threatening Raton water shed along with about 200 homes or structures in the county and is burning about six miles from the New Mexico and Colorado State line. Unknown at this time if any homes have burned. The Raton Fire Department and three Fire Districts from the Colfax County plus Colfax County Road Department with bulldozers, etc., are still on scene fighting the fire along with other Fire Departments including Angel Fire. State Forest Fire Fighters and Hot Shots from Colorado and Organ, etc., are on scene as will.

The Colfax County Rodeo Grounds are being used as staging area for fire fighters.

Gov. Martinez called me last night and promised all the help we needed. Thanks to the Governor, resources are moving in to assist in getting this fire out.

Bill Conley
Vice Chairman
Colfax County Commission

Urgent Message To The Residents Of Angel Fire & Surrounding Area

Updated February 4, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Angel Fire Mayor Stuart Hamilton is asking all residents to be aware of an urgent situation involving an interruption of natural gas delivery to Northern New Mexico. The towns of Taos, Red River, and Questa are affected and have declared a state of emergency.

Although Angel Fire is not reliant on natural gas there is the risk of extreme strain to the electrical grid that will affect the area. We expect the risk will continue throughout the weekend and are asking all residents and visitors to be frugal with their use of electricity.

The following precautions need to be taken immediately to prevent a rolling electrical blackout.

  • Conserve energy to prevent further drain on the system, especially tonight between the hours of 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
  • Do not use computers, televisions or other non-essential items that require electricity.
  • Turn thermostats to 65 degrees or lower.
  • Stay off cell phones except for emergency situations.
  • Never use a range or oven as a supplemental heating source.
  • Do not rely on candles as a heat source.
  • Make sure smoke and CO detectors are in working order.
  • Conserve heart sources as much as possible.

If you lose power resulting in the inability to heat your home, please call 575-377-3347 or drive to the Angel Fire Fire Station on North Angel Fire Road and you will be referred to a shelter.

Kit Carson Electric Cooperative is monitoring this problem and has staff working 24 hours a day until the emergency passes.

Updates, as they become available, will be posted on the Sangre de Cristo Chronicle Web site at www.sangrechronicle.com.

Urgent Message To The Residents Of Angel Fire & Surrounding Area

February 3, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Angel Fire Mayor Stuart Hamilton is asking all residents to be aware of an urgent situation involving an interruption of natural gas delivery to Northern New Mexico. The towns of Taos, Red River, and Questa are affected and have declared a state of emergency.

Although Angel Fire is not reliant on natural gas there is the risk of extreme strain to the electrical grid that will affect the area. The following precautions need to be taken immediately to prevent a rolling electrical blackout.

  • Conserve energy to prevent further drain on the system, especially tonight between the hours of 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
  • Do not use computers, televisions or other non-essential items that require electricity.
  • Turn thermostats to 65 degrees or lower.
  • Stay off cell phones except for emergency situations.
  • Never use a range or oven as a supplemental heating source.
  • Do not rely on candles as a heat source.
  • Make sure smoke and CO detectors are in working order.
  • Conserve heart sources as much as possible.

If you lose power resulting in the inability to heat your home, please call 575-377-3347 or drive to the Angel Fire Fire Station on North Angel Fire Road and you will be referred to a shelter.

Kit Carson Electric Cooperative is monitoring this problem and has staff working 24 hours a day until the emergency passes.

Updates, as they become available, will be posted on the Sangre de Cristo Chronicle Web site at www.sangrechronicle.com.

Cold Weather & Gas Outages

By the Chronicle and Taos News

Published: Thursday, February 3, 2011 1:42 PM MST

Cold Snap Hits Area Communities Prepare For Emergency
By Joe Warron (Editor/Publisher)

ANGEL FIRE – A bitter cold snap hit Northern New Mexico with temperatures dropping well below zero. Overnight lows (Thursday (Feb. 3) hit -36 Fahrenheit in Angel Fire. In Black Lake the overnight low dropped to -33 according to National Weather Observer, Debbie Maloch. In Eagle Nest, at the elementary school, Principal Lee Mills said the school’s weather equipment recorded -46.7 as the overnight low on that end of the valley. Red River hit -21 overnight, Cimarron’s low was -17 and Taos hit -26 overnight. By noon in Angel Fire the temperatures warmed up to -16. All Cimarron Municipal Schools District classes were on as scheduled Thursday morning, but were let out at 1 pm, in Eagle Nest due to broken water lines. All valley children who attend school in Cimarron were also let out early as well. Officials with the Village of Angel Fire and Angel Fire Resort are meeting at 1:30 pm, to devise an emergency plan for warm shelters for people in the event electricity service gets strained due to the mass natural gas service disruptions in Taqos, Questa and Red River. The fear by officials at Kit Carson Electric is that there will be more drain on the grid as the natural gas supply is halted to those communities and more people will need to plug their electric heaters in to stay warm. An update on Angel Fire’s emergency plan will be posted as soon as the meeting is over.

New Mexico Gas Announces Mass Service Disruptions For Taos, Questa And Red River
By Chandra Johnson (The Taos News)

Countless New Mexicans won’t be able to get natural gas indefinitely, as the company posted an announcement on its website Thursday morning (Feb. 3) that rolling blackouts in Texas have disrupted pipeline delivery. Among the areas without gas service are Taos, Red River, Questa, Española, Placitas, Alamogordo, all of Otero County and Silver City, the website said. Between Taos, Red River and Questa alone, the company estimates some 10,800 customers will be affected, especially in the freezing temperatures. In addition to not knowing when service would again be available, the company stated that “technicians will need to relight each home and business individually. A blue tag will be left to schedule a relight if you aren’t home when our technicians visit.” Citing the reason for the disruption, the company said that “rolling black-outs in West Texas have impeded the delivery of natural gas coming into New Mexico. Our pipeline system is intact and our crews are working to minimize the impact of this temporary situation.”

Questa Declares A State Of Emergency Amid Natural Gas Disruption, Red River Opens Fire Station For Shelter
By Chandra Johnson (The Taos News)

QUESTA – Questa Mayor Esther García told The Taos News Thursday morning (Feb. 3) that she and the village council will be declaring a state of emergency in light of the natural gas service disruption announced earlier Thursday by New Mexico Gas Co. “All the schools, businesses and the clinic are closed,” García said. “We also have a concern that people will be using so much electricity that we may not have any. Kit Carson has advised us against using too much electricity.” García said that the council will be meeting at 1 pm and that until then, she is asking area community centers in Cerro, Costilla and elsewhere to prepare to function as emergency shelters. So far, people in Questa without heat can meet at the Alta Vista school gymnasium for shelter. Red River officials said that it was opening its fire department for shelter there.

Kit Carson Co-op Prepares For Burden On Power Grid
By J.R. Logan (The Taos News)

TAOS – With the availability of gas unpredictable, many people have turned to electric space heaters for warmth. But the transition to electricity is expected to place a heavy burned on the regional electric grid. Kit Carson Electrical Cooperative CEO Luís Reyes told The Taos News that residents should use space heaters during the day in order to avoid the peak electricity use from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. “If you want to crank them up, do it now,” Reyes said Thursday morning. Taos Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jim Fambro has urged the public to mind the manufacturer’s clearance recommendations on space heaters, to not alter heaters, and to not use a heater for anything other than its specific intention. In order to reduce demand on the grid, Reyes suggested that residents turn off non-essential items like computers and TVs. Crews are being sent to the co-op’s substations to monitor the load, and major electricity consumers like Taos Ski Valley and the Questa mine are being asked to cut electricity use. “We have a program to reduce load when things like this happen,” Reyes said. “So we turn off the ski areas and other big loads,” Reyes said. Adriana Blake with Taos Ski Valley said the resort is still operating as normal, but that ski lifts are now running off of generator power. “Everything up here can be run off a generator,” Blake said. Reyes said the co-op’s emergency plan has been implemented and that operations will be moved into the co-op’s command center, which runs entirely off of electricity. The co-op is in contact with the town, and Reyes said the command center could double as an emergency shelter if it became necessary.

Gas Outage In Red River

We have just been notified that demand for natural gas in the Western US is outstripping supply. Distruption of our gas service is imminent. The duration of our gas outage is unknow at this time (and unfortunately it will be a while before we know anything). Town of Red River and Chamber personnel are working on a phone tree to notify all citizens. The High Street fire station has been designated as an emergency shelter.

If you need assistance please call Town Hall at 575-754-2277 but understand that we really have no additional information at this time.

We will keep you updated as information comes in.

Rebecca Latham
Public Information Officer
Town of Red River
575-754-1708

Message From Kit Carson

At this time there are NOT any planned power outages (rolling power outages).

New Snow In Angel Fire Today & More Coming!

Angel Fire has had more than 6″ of new snow today and more is on the way! Make sure you plan your trip soon!

Check the weather and see for yourself!