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Fire and Rescue

Help rescue workers find your home

Placitas Volunteer Fire Brigade

It’s a dark and stormy night . . . . You've just called 911 because someone you love is having severe chest pains. The dispatcher asks for your address and you realize you have no address to give. Will you be able to give enough descriptive information to the dispatcher so the ambulance can find your home in time? If not, then precious minutes—perhaps lifesaving minutes—are lost forever.

Well, help is literally right down the road. Sandoval County’s Rural Addressing Office at 711 Camino del Pueblo in Bernalillo has the information you need to give your home its own identity and special rural address. You can call them for more information at 505-867- 9365 Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

And the next time you drive home when its dark, pretend you are that ambulance driver. As you drive down your road or street, look for address numbers on your house or your neighbor’s. Are there numbers? If so, can you see them, or are they faded or knocked down? Have the weeds overtaken them so that you can’t see them?

We hope that we never need to respond to a fire or rescue call at your home, but if we do, we hope we’ll be able to locate your home quickly because you’ve placed your rural address numbers in full view of where we can see them.


Hazardous-fuel reduction in Jemez; collection permits available

Bandelier National Monument in the Jemez Mountains has started burning piles of wood this week as part of the Valle II Hazardous Fuel Reduction Project undertaken in partnership with the Española Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest. Since November, personnel from Bandelier and the Northern Pueblo Agency Hotshots have been thinning and piling ladder fuels and small-diameter trees along State Highway 4 for a fuel break between Frijoles Canyon and areas to the north and east, including Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Weather permitting, approximately thirty of these piles will be burned each day. Care was taken to build the piles in open areas and with snow on frozen ground, there is little danger of fire spread. The NPA Hotshots and trained firefighters from Bandelier will patrol and monitor the area during active burning and continue periodic surveillance until the embers are cold.

As piles are built, the public will have opportunities to collect wood for personal use. A new round of free collection permits should be available from the forest service office in Los Alamos sometime after January 15.

Within Bandelier, the Valle II Project covers one hundred meters on each side of Highway 4 and extends from just above the Ponderosa Group Camp Site to the Valles Caldera National Preserve border. Crews will be cutting, piling, and burning through the end of March. Travelers on Highway 4 are urged to use caution during this time, as personnel may be operating close to the road and smoke may reduce visibility for short periods. Smoke may be visible from Los Alamos and several Jemez Mountain communities during periods of active burning.

For more information, please call or e-mail Jim Whittington, Bandelier Fire Information specialist, at 505-660-7918 or


Archaeology lectures offered in Tijeras

Friends of Tijeras Pueblo is presenting a series of five lectures about the archaeology of the Cibola National Forest. The series began in January and continues monthly through May. All lectures will be presented at the Sandia Ranger District, 11776 Highway 337, in Tijeras.

This month's lecture, "East Mountain and Beyond," is about the ancestral Pueblo cultures in the area. It will be presented by Rebecca Stoneman on February 11 at 7:00 p.m.

Future presentations will include "Civil Conservation Corps," by Richard Metzler, on March 11; "Indian Mining of Lead," by Dick Bice and Phil Davis of the Albuquerque Archaeological Society, on April 8; and "Cotton Picking in Archaeological Adventures," by New Mexico state archaeologist Glenna Dean, on May 13.

Friends of Tijeras Pueblo is a nonprofit organization in partnership with the Sandia Ranger District which seeks to promote and protect the archaeological resources of the Cibola National Forest. For more information concerning the lecture series, contact the Sandia Ranger District at 281-3304






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