At the “Wildfire 2013” event held at Fuller Lodge last Saturday, videos of the Cerro Grande and Las Conchas fires played on TV screens. They served as a visible reminder to everyone attending the event that knowledge is power when these unpredictable and deadly acts of nature come calling.
Luckily, there was plenty of information for Los Alamos residents to go around at the event, as representatives from the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Valles Caldera National Preserve, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos County Emergency Management, National Weather Service all showed up to pass out pamphlets, toys and general advice to inquiring residents.
The event is organized every year through the “Interagency Wildfire Management Team,” which is mainly comprised of representatives from Los Alamos County, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Bandelier National Monument, Santa Fe National Forest, State of New Mexico, and others.
Gary Kemp, fire management officer for Bandelier National Monument, was on hand with Bandelier National Monument Ranger Chris Judson to answer resident’s questions.