Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
The Spur Fire on the Quemado Ranger District, six miles northeast of Luna, was reported about 7 pm last night at around 350 acres with about 80 personnel on the incident. The lightning-caused fire is being managed under a confine/contain strategy within a defined area north of Reserve. The increase in acreage resulted from the actions fire crews took Tuesday night to ignite east of the fire to prevent fire from spreading outside the established management area given the forecast for increased southwest winds.
After completing the Gattons Park Prescribed Fire on the Wilderness Ranger District this spring, the next project that fire managers have planned is the T-Bird Prescribed Fire in the fall. The T-Bird project is 128 acres located west of Camp Thunderbird and south of the private property on Ponderosa Road. The objectives of the prescribed fires include reducing hazardous fuel accumulation, removing slash from thinning and firewood gathering, improving wildlife habitat and reintroducing fire into the ecosystem.
A motor vehicle and a bicyclist were involved in a crash on Wednesday morning around 9 am on Highway 15 north of Pinos Altos. According to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department, one person was flown out for medical attention. The crash is being investigated by the New Mexico State Police.
The Natural Resources Conservation Service in New Mexico announced Wednesday another sign up for the Joint Chief’s Landscape Initiative available to eligible New Mexico agricultural producers within the geographic boundary. Producers can apply by visiting their local USDA Service Center and submitting their Conservation Program Application.
The US House of Representatives passed by an overwhelming vote of 403-12 a landmark reform of our nation’s broken chemical safety law, the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976. The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Centuray Act will enable the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate the thousands of chemicals manufactured each year and used in common household items – including known carcinogens and highly toxic substances, like formaldehyde, asbestos, lead, flame retardants and BPA. The Senate is expected to vote later this week, and the White House has indicated that the president will sign the bill.