Fireworks in Bernalillo
The town of Bernalillo will present fireworks free of charge
at the Bernalillo High School football stadium on Friday, June 30.
The gates open at 7:00 p.m. and the fireworks start at dusk. For
more information, call 867-3311.
Placitas Volunteer Fire Brigade debuts new engine
—EVIE BENNETT, MEMBER, PVFB
With the thirtieth annual Placitas Fourth of July Parade upon us,
the Placitas Volunteer Fire Brigade is looking forward to the debut
of the new Engine 4-1. The new engine was acquired recently after
many years of saving state fire funds to purchase it. The engine
has already served two structure fires in the Placitas area as well
as the Bernalillo Jackalope fire.
After the July Fourth parade, the new engine, along with other
PVFB vehicles and personnel, will be seen patrolling Placitas in
an effort to keep this Fourth of July safe and happy for everyone.
Sandoval County has experienced some afternoon scattered showers,
but most of the area is still extremely dry. The no-burn ordinance
is still in effect and residents are reminded that no open burning,
campfires, open cooking fires, or charcoal grills are permitted.
The Placitas Volunteer Fire Brigade is in the midst of our annual
fund-raising drive. In May, we participated in the flea market at
the Merc in Placitas. We'd like to thank those of you who stopped
by, visited, bought things, and donated to our cause. In June, we
were actively participated in the annual Placitas Appreciation Day
festivities. We set out a drop tank and this “fishing hole”
was a hit with the young and young at heart. The proceeds from the
event were greatly appreciated, with all monies going directly to
the local fire department.
The Placitas Fire Department’s annual donation drive takes
place this month, with a mailed information brochure explaining
who we are and what we do as volunteers in the community.
We not only welcome your donations but we are always looking for
new volunteers. It is a wonderful way to serve your community and
help your friends and neighbors during difficult times. Remember
that all donations are tax-deductible and go directly toward helping
the local fire organization better serve the community. While the
Placitas Volunteer Fire Brigade is comprised of men and women donating
their time and efforts, there are many expenses that come with running
a fire department. The fire department needs community support,
not only in donations but in keeping fire danger to a minimum. Let's
all work to make this July fourth safe and fire-free.
Get ready for the (thirtieth) Placitas Fourth of
—ROY STREIT, MEMBER, PVFB
The thirtieth annual Placitas Fourth of July Parade will get underway
at 11:00 a.m. at the entrance to Placitas Heights. This milestone
parade is dedicated to the memory of Lou Stephens and Tom Threadgill.
In 1976, members of Los Caballeros del Monte, the local horse
club, decided the bicentennial deserved a local celebration and
parade. They gained support and participation from the Jardineros
de Placitas, the Las Huertas Land Grant, Placitas Volunteer Fire
Brigade, and kids on decorated bicycles to hold the first parade.
Lou Stephens took on the responsibility of creating order out of
the chaos of excited horses, impatient kiddos, and an unreliable
fire truck, and starting the participants on the way.
Stephens organized the parade participants until the year before
his death, when he passed the parade marshal’s sash to Jim
Maduena. Founding fire-brigade chief Tom Threadgill organized his
band of hippie firefighters to help in the celebration. As chief
until 1988, Threadgill played a major role in establishing and growing
the fire brigade into a volunteer fire department that has gained
This year’s parade begins forming up at 10:00 a.m. The siren
will blast and the parade will begin at 11:00 a.m. Local service
clubs, political candidates, businesses, and families are invited
Closure remains a possibility for Cibola National
Cibola National Forest supervisor Nancy Rose reminded forest visitors
on June 5 that many portions of the Cibola National Forest will
remain in partial closure and that the Forest may possibly close
completely in the coming months. “With the current hot and
dry weather, fire danger remains extreme and warrants keeping a
number of areas closed to visitors. Weather forecasters are predicting
higher-than-normal temperatures with little precipitation expected.”
We are now experiencing weather patterns in New Mexico where lightning
has the potential of creating fires in areas that are not accessible.
Both short and long term drought have created a situation that could
be explosive with the right winds and ignition source.” Rose
said. “If the current weather conditions continue the Cibola
National Forest will restrict access in these areas until we receive
substantial rains that will alleviate this situation.
For further information, contact:
Mountainair Ranger District, (505) 847-2990
Sandia Ranger District, (505) 281-3304
Mount Taylor Ranger District, (505) 287-8833
Magdalena Ranger District, (505) 854 2281
Additional fire information for the southwest area is available