To our Residents and Interested Parties:
The Sandia Ranger District will conduct the David Canyon Prescribed Fire if conditions are favorable the week of December 5. This is a planned ignition that will be conducted under specific conditions to restore the fire dependent ecosystem. Prescribed fires promote forest health by reducing forest fuels, recycling nutrients, and increasing habitat diversity. They are managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.
Approximately 200 acres will be treated in David Canyon Prescribed Fire. In addition to promoting forest health, this project will also enhance community protection. This will be a broadcast burn, meaning that hand ignitions will be used to ignite ground fuels over a widespread area within a clearly defined perimeter. This site is located approximately 6 miles south of Tijeras.
A closure order is in effect for roads, trails and the area surrounding the David Canyon burn area.
Prescribed fires are planned in coordination with the New Mexico Department of Environmental Quality http://www.nmenv.state.nm.us/aqb/ and every effort is made to minimize smoke impacts; however, smoke from prescribed fires is inevitable. Smoke sensitive individuals are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found on the New Mexico Department of Health website at https://nmtracking.org/fire
For additional information, please contact the Sandia Ranger District at 505-281-3304.
Letter from the President
Dear Members and Friends,
As we move rapidly toward the holidays and a new year, we look forward to voting in new candidates from our Membership to serve on the 2017 East Mountain Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors at our upcoming luncheon meeting on Thursday, 11/3/16. If you cannot make it to the meeting, we will be sending an email out to all our membership so you all can vote by responding to that email. We will also be reviewing and voting on updated by-laws.
Additionally, we will be discussing this past year in review as we head into 2017. As always, we implore you to participate by sharing your ideas, utilizing the East Mountain Chamber website (if you need instruction as to how to do that, please speak up!) and being proactive in terms of the formation of Committees such as being the voice of the Chamber through social media, becoming ambassadors welcoming new Members, brainstorming to suggest new and exciting events, networking opportunities, etc. We cannot impress enough upon our valued Members that this is your Chamber, and we are here to support you, help promote you, advocate for you, and to enhance the quality of life and revenue in the East Mountains. In order to do this effectively, we need your input, your ideas and a bit of your time and energy to succeed! Please be proactive with us! We are always happy to hear your thoughts and suggestions.
Along with bringing your business cards, please participate in our New Member Welcome Packet by providing us with flyers, brochures, coupons, and/or other literature you would like included for local businesses coming on board as new Chamber Members. This is not to be confused with the New Resident Packets, our realtor members are distributing to future residents. This welcome packet is to be given exclusively to those businesses that will be joining our Chamber. This is a great opportunity to promote your business by welcoming new members with "Member Only" coupons, discounts on merchandise/services or other specials as you see fit. Since we are growing at a healthy rate, please bring those items with you to Thursday's luncheon meeting so we can start promoting your business while welcoming those just starting out as Members!
We look forward to a productive meeting. Burger Boy will be providing a wonderful lunch, and we will be honoring the terrific owners and staff for all of their generosity and assistance throughout the year.
We will also be welcoming new member speaker Mary Dammann of Hard Water Solutions Plus. We already know Mary as the Office Manager for member Re/Max Pros in Cedar Crest. Mary is an Independent Distributor with the GMX Corporation and most recently with Vulcan Water Products and has been in Business for 16 years. As an environmentally conscious individual, Mary was looking for a safe, effective, no salt product to treat the hard water problem in her East Mountain home. As she discovered a magnetic technology that worked in her home, her husband and her decided to share it with friends, family and the community.
We will look forward to welcoming the coming season with a new Board of Directors, further growth, and a fabulous future for the East Mountain Chamber of Commerce. We will see you Thursday; don't forget to RSVP and let us know any special dietary requests at least 24 hours in advance of the luncheon meeting!
Nancy Carpenter, President
East Mountain Chamber of Commerce
The planned prescribed burn in David Canyon for this week has been called off. Planning is still to proceed with the prescribed burn in the David Canyon Fuels Reduction project area, but as of today, there will be NO burning THIS week. The Sandia Ranger District will continue to look for opportunities over the next several months to complete the fuels reduction projects in all the project areas: David Canyon, Hondo, and Sulphur PG. We will notify everyone as soon as we receive any updates.
EMIFPA always advises that if you smell smoke, report it to 911. Remember, report it, don't ignore it!
EMIFPA Community Education Outreach Coordinator
EMIFPA web site
EMIFPA Facebook site
My name is Emily Harding and I am the Administrative Assistant for Vista Grande Church. Below is some important information we'd like to advertise to the community.
-Vista Grande Church has officially moved! Come join us for worship at our new facility! Worship begins at 9:30am with coffee fellowship beginning at 9am. We are located immediately south of Sandia Crest Road and across the street from the Shell gas station on NM-14. Our address is 12469 NM-14 Scenic, Sandia Park, NM 87047
-Beginning Sunday, December 4th, we will be offering two service times with coffee fellowship before each service:
Coffee Fellowship: 8am-8:30am
Early Service: 8:30am-9:45am
Coffee Fellowship: 10am-10:30am
Late Service: 10:30am-11:45am
-We will be offering special worship times during the holidays!
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service: Saturday, December 24th at 5pm
Christmas Day Service: Sunday, December 25th at 10:15am
New Year's Day Service: Sunday, January 1st at 10:15am
-Have questions? Contact us! firstname.lastname@example.org or 505-228-7890
Bernalillo County Commissioner Wayne Johnson has announced free Green Waste Days. The final free Green Waste week for 2016 is scheduled for November 12 - 20. This is week after next. It starts on a Saturday (November 12th), and runs the whole week to the following Sunday (November 20th).
As always, the first loads can be made at 8 am, and you must be in line by 4 pm for the last load. Drop offs are made at the East Mountain Transfer Station on Old Route 66 east of Tijeras. Also, PLEASE cover your load properly. There is enough trash on our roads. Don't add to this hazardous and ugly situation.
Free Green Waste Days are brought to you by Bernalillo County Commissioner Wayne Johnson and Ciudad Soil and Water Conservation District. We East Mountain residents appreciate all that Commissioner Johnson and Ciudad are doing for us and our efforts to create defensible space.
This is an ideal time to nibble away at your defensible space projects. Get ready for next year's wildfire season now by working on defensible space early. The long term forecast indicates low precipitation levels and above average temperatures through at least April. These forecasts point towards an early start to next year's fire season. Get ready now, don't wait.
The Sandia Ranger District has announced that they are potentially implementing the David Canyon Fuels Reduction Project prescribed burn as early as next week. Presently, planning is to do this prescribed burn next Tuesday, November 1st through Friday, November 4th.
All prescribed burns are only implemented if all burn parameters are approved. These include fuel moisture levels, weather conditions before and during the burn, and air quality conditions. We will keep you updated as we near implementation of the burn.
More information and maps regarding this burn are on the Cibola NF Facebook page, linked here: https://www.facebook.com/cibolanf/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel
EMIFPA is holding this year's final Tijeras Library session Thursday, October 27, from 5:30 - 6:30 pm in the meeting room at the east end of the library. The agenda will include: current/projected wildfire report for the SW; current/projected fire weather for 2016/17; the final report on the Dog Head Fire cause and current status; and finally the current outlook for the prescribed burns in the Sulphur PG, Hondo and David Canyon fuels reduction projects.
Saturday, October 29th, from 1:30 - 3:30 pm, EMIFPA will headline at a conference sponsored by the Museum of the American Military and Learning Center, in Tijeras, NM. The topic will be two parts - defensible space and emergency preparedness. Both are fundamental issues of wildfire preparedness, and we encourage everyone to attend.
Please go to the Facebook page for the Museum. This is a space limited, reservation required conference. You can sign up for this conference on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MuseumoftheAmericanMilitaryFamily/. The Museum is next to Molly's on NM 333. Parking is limited, so plan accordingly.
We apologize in advance for the multiple posts that we will be making over the next few days. Please bear with us, since we have many things that need to be announced, and sending them in one post will make this too long.
Sunbear Vierra, AFMO for the Sandia Ranger District, would like everyone to know that the Sulphur PG prescribed burn is "looking very good". The residual heat (and therefore any smokes) are "staying within the lines" on both units that were treated. There is still be the possibility of some smoke for up to 2 more weeks from stump holes and small pockets of duff/needle cast.
Warning!!! Although this area has been posted as closed, we know that the District cannot keep people from entering the burn units. Therefore, we are passing this warning advisory along: anyone using the trails in the area needs to be aware that there are burnt-out trees along the trails. These trees could come down at anytime. Until Sandia Ranger District crews can remove these hazard trees, please take appropriate precautions. This warning also applies to anyone going off trail - stump holes and hazard trees are very dangerous and are not always obvious.
Pictures and maps of the Sulphur PG prescribed burn can also be found on the Cibola NF Facebook page, linked here: https://www.facebook.com/cibolanf/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel.
DO NOT call 911 to report smoke from the prescribed burn area. Personnel are well aware of the smoke. Please keep the 911 hotline open for emergencies. As we stated above, there is no danger from these areas of smoke since they are all well within the area of the treatment, and pose no threat of escaping.
We apologize in advance for the length of this post. There are several topics that we feel are important and that we need to inform you about.
This morning, the National Weather Service (NOAA) issued a "fire weather watch" for the EM region and areas to our east for Monday, October 17th. It is predicted to endure from late morning until early evening. We have not had to discuss the meaning of this since spring, so it is appropriate to remind everyone of what this means.
A "fire weather watch" is equivalent to the "red flag" warning. The only difference is that a watch is issued when the level of confidence in this forecast is at approximately a 50% chance of actually occurring. The "red flag" warning is issued when the NWS has a very high level of confidence in their forecast taking place. Since these conditions are very dangerous, NWS prefers to error on the side of caution when they issue them.
Here is an explanation of why these forecasts are made. "Fire weather watch" and "red flag" warnings: these forecasts are made when temperatures are above average (or normal) for that time of year, relative humidity is very low, and wind speeds are elevated (usually steady in the 20-30 mph range, with gusts well above that). These conditions can occur at any Fire Danger level. Currently we are at the "moderate" fire danger level in our region.
What is a "red flag" warning? Here is the definition: "A "red flag" warning is a short term, temporary warning indicating the presence of dangerous combinations of temperature, wind, relative humidity, fuel or drought conditions which can contribute to new fires or rapid spread of existing fires. They can be issued at any Fire Danger level."
EMIFPA encourages you to follow this advice during "red flag" conditions: no campfires, no smoking outside, and no welding until NWS (NOAA) lifts the warning.
Finally, the Sandia Ranger District has completed the prescribed burn in Units 1 and 2 of the Sulphur PG fuels reduction project. Residual smoke will be visible over the next days. Be assured that crews will be patrolling and monitoring the area. EMIFPA posted a picture of the area taken this morning. It can be seen at our Facebook page, linked here:
Pictures of the Sulphur PG prescribed burn can also be found on the Cibola NF Facebook page, linked here: https://www.facebook.com/cibolanf/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel.
DO NOT call 911 to report smoke from the prescribed burn. Personnel are well aware of the smoke. Please keep the 911 hotline open for emergencies. Sandia Ranger District fire personnel will be monitoring this area over the next few days. Expect to see smoke for several days, but all smoke will be from interior areas and pose no threat to the surrounding area.
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