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  • 10/10/2016 2:45 PM | Nancy Carpenter

    EM Residents,     

     

         This week two events are taking place that everyone needs to remember.

        

         First, the Sandia Ranger District is planning 3 days of prescribed burns in the Sulphur Picnic Ground area near Sandia Park. This is planned for this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, October 12th, 13th and 14th. As with all prescribed burns, unless all burn parameters are a 'go' on each day, no ignition will take place. Also, if ignition is started, and then parameters go out of 'the green', ignition will be stopped.

     

         Next, this coming Saturday (October 15th, 2016) EMIFPA will host 2 very informative and interesting sessions at the Tijeras East Mountain Library. We will have Simtable (https://www.simtable.com/) conducting a computer generated sand table focused on the recent Dog Head Fire near Chilili. Simtable is a company doing cutting edge computer modeling of wildfire. This tool is used by multiple emergency response agencies across the West as teaching tools training first responders to wildfire.

     

         Because the computer modeling sand table is an intense, hands-on learning experience, we have to limit the number of attendees in each session to 15 people. There will be 2 sessions. The first runs from 12 noon until 1:30 pm, and the second runs from 2 pm - 3:30 pm.  Both sessions will be conducted by Stephen Guerin, CEO of Simtable. He is incredibly knowledgeable about wildfire and computer wildfire modeling, so these sessions promise to be a fantastic experience.

     

         Please send us your intent to attend by sending us a RSVP to [bhelmich@flash.net]. We apologize that this is not a hot-linked address, so just cut-paste it into your email provider address box.    

        

          As always, EMIFPA advises all residents to be aware, be prepared, and be self reliant. Fire conditions in our area are presently "moderate". As always, Report It, Don't Ignore It! If you see or smell smoke, call 911 immediately.

     

    John Helmich

    EMIFPA Community Education Outreach Coordinator

     

    EMIFPA web site

     

    EMIFPA Facebook site

     

    Twitter: @EMIFPA_NM

     


  • 10/06/2016 3:09 PM | Nancy Carpenter

    EM Residents,     

     

         Next week the Sandia Ranger District will be potentially conducting prescribed burns in the Sulphur Picnic Ground area (up the Crest Highway a couple miles). Present planning will have these take place October 12th, 13th and 14th. Maps of the burn area and more complete information about this effort can be obtained by visiting their Face Book page, linked here: https://www.facebook.com/cibolanf/.

     

         All prescribed burns MUST follow VERY strict guidelines. There are a multitude of parameters that must be met before any fire is put on the ground or slash piles are ignited. These guidelines include smoke impacts from the burns. Please be advised that the crews from Sandia Ranger District take these guidelines very seriously, and they will not conduct these burns if any of the conditions in the area fall outside burn parameters. If you have any questions about next week, please contact the Sandia Ranger District office at 281-3304 and ask for the FMO or AFMO.

        

          As always, EMIFPA advises all residents to be aware, be prepared, and be self reliant. Fire conditions in our area are presently "moderate". As always, Report It, Don't Ignore It! If you see or smell smoke, call 911 immediately.

     

    John Helmich

    EMIFPA Community Education Outreach Coordinator

     

    EMIFPA web site

     

    EMIFPA Facebook site

     

    Twitter: @EMIFPA_NM


  • 10/05/2016 3:11 PM | Nancy Carpenter

    EM Residents,     

     

        

         EMIFPA (East Mountain Interagency Fire Protection Association, www.emifpa.org) is holding a special session Saturday, October 15th, 2016 in conjunction with National Fire Prevention Week. This will be held at the Tijeras East Mountain Public Library. We will have Simtable (https://www.simtable.com/) conducting a Dog Head Fire simulation on their computer sand table modeling tool. Because this sand table is computer driven, they will be able to inject potential variables about what could have taken place, as well as the actual progression of the fire.

     

         We will have 2 sessions available for the public. Space is limited to 15 people per session, so please RSVP to bhelmich@flash.net letting us know which session you plan to attend. The first session is from 12 noon until 1:30 pm, and the second session will run from 2 pm - 3:30 pm. Sign up is on a first come first serve basis.

     

         This should be a fascinating and highly informative session(s). Send your RSVP as soon as possible, since we expect a tremendous amount of interest in this program.

        

          As always, EMIFPA advises all residents to be aware, be prepared, and be self reliant. Fire conditions in our area are presently "moderate". As always, Report It, Don't Ignore It! If you see or smell smoke, call 911 immediately.

     

    John Helmich

    EMIFPA Community Education Outreach Coordinator

     

    EMIFPA web site

     

    EMIFPA Facebook site

     

    Twitter: @EMIFPA_NM



  • 10/05/2016 3:10 PM | Nancy Carpenter

    EM Residents,     

     

        

         EMIFPA (East Mountain Interagency Fire Protection Association, www.emifpa.org) is holding a special session Saturday, October 15th, 2016 in conjunction with National Fire Prevention Week. This will be held at the Tijeras East Mountain Public Library. We will have Simtable (https://www.simtable.com/) conducting a Dog Head Fire simulation on their computer sand table modeling tool. Because this sand table is computer driven, they will be able to inject potential variables about what could have taken place, as well as the actual progression of the fire.

     

         We will have 2 sessions available for the public. Space is limited to 15 people per session, so please RSVP to bhelmich@flash.net letting us know which session you plan to attend. The first session is from 12 noon until 1:30 pm, and the second session will run from 2 pm - 3:30 pm. Sign up is on a first come first serve basis.

     

         This should be a fascinating and highly informative session(s). Send your RSVP as soon as possible, since we expect a tremendous amount of interest in this program.

        

          As always, EMIFPA advises all residents to be aware, be prepared, and be self reliant. Fire conditions in our area are presently "moderate". As always, Report It, Don't Ignore It! If you see or smell smoke, call 911 immediately.

     

    John Helmich

    EMIFPA Community Education Outreach Coordinator

     

    EMIFPA web site

     

    EMIFPA Facebook site

     

    Twitter: @EMIFPA_NM



  • 09/22/2016 10:21 AM | Nancy Carpenter

    EM Residents,     

     

         On Sunday Bernalillo County District 5 (East Mountains) Commissioner Wayne Johnson will be hosting "East Mountain Celebration 2016", a chance to honor the Dog Head Fire heroes. The event will take place at the Los Vecinos Community Center in Tijeras, from noon until 4 pm. The community center is about a 1/2 mile west of the Old 66/NM 337 intersection. Live music, a car show, and a petting zoo are some of the attractions. There will also be an area where various EM groups will have preparedness information and items for sale, as well as games for the kids.

     

         Come on by! EMIFPA will have a table at the event. We will have our safety preparedness literature on display. Of course, if you just have questions about preparedness, we encourage you to ask. If we can't answer your question, we will absolutely put you in touch with someone who can help.

        

          As always, EMIFPA advises all residents to be aware, be prepared, and be self reliant. Fire conditions in our area are presently "moderate". As always, Report It, Don't Ignore It! If you see or smell smoke, call 911 immediately.

     

    John Helmich

    EMIFPA Community Education Outreach Coordinator


  • 09/20/2016 4:17 PM | Nancy Carpenter

    EM Residents,     

     

         This weekend the fall Free Green Waste Days begin. Saturday September 24th until Sunday October 2nd you will be able to take any and all green waste to the Bernalillo County East Mountain Transfer Station on Old 66 east of Tijeras. The Transfer Station opens at 8 am, and last load needs to be in line by 4 pm each day. Remember, all loads MUST be covered. Branches that blow out because they are not secured are a driving hazard.

        

         This is a great opportunity to work on some defensible space projects. We have had a mild monsoon, but very likely we will be moving into a dry winter and spring 2017. Now is the time to get ready for next year's wildfire season by cutting low hanging branches and the heavy grasses around your house. Waiting until the fire is at your door is too late!

     

         Green Waste Days are brought to you by Bernalillo County, Commissioner Wayne Johnson, Cuidad Soil and Water Conservation District, Edgewood Soil and Water Conservation District, and the NM Association of Counties.

        

          As always, EMIFPA advises all residents to be aware, be prepared, and be self reliant. Fire conditions in our area are presently "moderate". As always, Report It, Don't Ignore It! If you see or smell smoke, call 911 immediately.

     

    John Helmich

    EMIFPA Community Education Outreach Coordinator

  • 09/15/2016 3:07 PM | Nancy Carpenter

    EM Residents,


    EMIFPA is assisting the Sandia Ranger District in announcing the following message from Crystal Powell, Sandia District Ranger:

    Sandia Ranger District Open House for planned prescribed burns

    "Please join fire managers and other specialists for an Open House on September 29th from 4:30 pm until 6:00 pm at the Sandia Ranger District, 11776 Hwy 337, in Tijeras. 


    District personnel will discuss the prescribed fires that are planned, answer questions, and address concerns. Information about the ongoing Sulphur Forest Restoration Project and the planned Cedro Landscape Restoration Project will also be available. For more information, please call the Sandia Ranger District at 505-281-3304."


    Crystal Powell

    Sandia District Ranger, US Forest Service

    Cibola National Forest and Grasslands


    As always, EMIFPA advises all residents to be aware, be prepared, and be self reliant. Fire conditions in our area are presently "moderate". As always, Report It, Don't Ignore It! If you see or smell smoke, call 911 immediately.


    John Helmich


    EMIFPA Community Education Outreach Coordinator


    EMIFPA web site


    EMIFPA Facebook site


    Twitter: @EMIFPA_NM



  • 08/31/2016 1:15 PM | Nancy Carpenter


    NEW MEXICO SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

    Call for proposals

    for

    2017 Leveraged Projects

    Initial paper proposals due by September 12, 2016 Selected proposals will be presented to the NMSBA Advisory Council

    w November 2 (Albuquerque) -or-   November 3 (Santa Fe)

    For more information and to find out how your team of small businesses can access free technical assistance from national laboratory scientists and engineers, visit the NMSBA website at: http://www.nmsbaprogram.org/ Or Call 505-665-1305


  • 08/29/2016 3:42 PM | Nancy Carpenter

    Last Chuckwagon at Wildlife West

     

    Don’t miss the last Chuckwagon BBQ and Western Music show of the season with the popular Watermelon Jug Band this Saturday night, September 3rd at Wildlife West Nature Park in Edgewood.  The show starts at 6 p.m. with an incredible free-flight Peregrine Falcon demonstration presented by world-renowned falconer Tom Smylie. Then dinner at 7 p.m. followed by the Watermelon Jug Band foot stopping performance in the all-weather amphitheater.

     

    Come early to walk around the wildlife zoo and see the newest arrivals – two 11-month old cougars and three 6-month old coyotes also known as prairie wolves. Kids will love the new Children’s Imagination Trail.

     

    Dinner shows are $25/adults, $23/seniors, $12/child 5-11, and kids 4 and younger are free.  Reservations are required by 2 p.m. on the day of the show.  Call Wildlife West for reservations at 505-281-7655 or for more information www.wildlifewest.org. The Chuckwagon shows help to support the nonprofit native wildlife zoo, which is managed through volunteer support.


    Photo by Roger Holden:  come see Wildlife West's 11 month old cougar, True, for a New Mexico True experience, and enjoy the last Chuckwagon BBQ and music by the Watermelon Jug Band.


  • 08/22/2016 8:02 PM | Nancy Carpenter

    EM Residents,

     

          EMIFPA is holding our monthly library program this Thursday, August 25th. This is scheduled for the East Mountain (Tijeras) Library, from 5:30 pm until 6:30 pm, in the public room at the east side of the library.

     

         Our program opens with the following: fire weather update and forecast, followed by the local, regional and national wildfire(s) status and projections. The main topic will then be: Dog Head Fire 'Wake Up Calls'.  Expect this discussion to be open and interesting. See you there!
     

         As always, EMIFPA advises all residents to be aware, be prepared, and be self reliant. Fire conditions in our area are presently "high".  As always, Report It, Don't Ignore It! If you see or smell smoke, call 911 immediately.

     

    John Helmich

    EMIFPA Community Education Outreach Coordinator

     

    EMIFPA web site

     

    EMIFPA Facebook site

     

    Twitter: @EMIFPA_NM



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