Joint Update On Cerro Pelado Fire Issued By LANL, Los Alamos County And DOE/NNSA Los Alamos Field Office

Staff from Los Alamos County Police Department, Fire Department Friday evening at LAPD discuss emergency conditions related to the Cerro Pelado Fire, which by then had burned some 50 acres near Jemez Falls, as well as the danger created by trees falling on powerlines in the community. Pictured are, from left, Consolidated Dispatch Center Manager Kate Stoddard, Sgt. Chris Ross, Deputy Police Chief Oliver Morris, Det. Mike Weiss, County Emergency Management Specialist Cody Ulrich, Deputy Fire Chief Steve Dawald and County Emergency Manager Beverley Simpson. Not pictured is Cmdr. Daniel Roberts who took the photo. Photo Courtesy LAPD

Dispatchers at the County’s Consolidated Dispatch Center monitor the serious situation created Friday by a dangerous wind storm affecting Los Alamos and a wildland fire in the Jemez Mountains. Photo Courtesy LAPD

An LAPD patrol unit diverts traffic from State Road 4 westbound Friday afternoon pending the arrival of New Mexico State Police. Photo Courtesy LAPD


The Cerro Pelado fire currently burning in the Jemez Mountains is not an immediate threat to Los Alamos County or Los Alamos National Laboratory.

As of 8 p.m. MDT, Friday, the fire is 13 miles from the Laboratory’s southwestern boundary. Four Los Alamos Fire Department wildland-fire vehicles are on the scene and one chief officer.

The Laboratory, County and NNSA Field Office are monitoring the fire as a unified response and will continue to provide updates. Emergency operations managers from Los Alamos and Sandoval counties are drawing on the technical expertise of the Laboratory, as well as that of the County Fire Department.