Sunday, July 10, 2011

Situation Report: Vehicle Accident on Highway 82 West of Tunnel

At 0200 AM on 10 July 2011, High Rolls Fire was dispatched for a vehicle accident slightly West of the Tunnel Overlook. Responding units found a single vehicle which had struck the side of the stone cliff running alongside the highway. Traffic was closed for a short while as the vehicle was removed and the lanes cleared. No information on injuries is available at this time.

June wrap-up...

With the culmination of the New Mexico fire season, June was a busy month for us. We logged a total of 28 calls for service, many being calls to assist at large wildfires throughout the region. As a result, It was decided to form a Wildland Task Force to better respond to forest and wildfires, in coordination with Otero County and the US Forest Service. Anyone interested in being a part of this can contact Chief Mark Klaene for details.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Situation Report: Report of Smoke in Haynes Canyon

At 9:50 AM, High Rolls Fire was dispatched for a report of smoke in the area of Upper Haynes Canyon. Forest Service units were also dispatched to respond. High Rolls Fire units were first to arrive and did not locate any sign of fire in the area. Smoke and haze were noted for the entire High Rolls - Mountain Park region, but it appeared to be coming from across the Tularosa Basin and the San Andres Mountains. No sign of fire was noted. All units then cleared and returned to service.

Situation Report: Report of Smoke - Possible Wildfire

Around 2 pm on May 16th, High Rolls Fire was requested to respond on West Side Road, in the area of Cherry and Alamo Canyons for a report of smoke sighted in the National Forest area. Forest Service units responded along with High Rolls Fire, but nothing was found upon investigation. High Rolls units were released by the Forest Service, who then posted a fire engine to patrol the area in case the smoke was sighted again. All units later cleared, with no fire found.

Situation Report: Vehicle Accident - Motorcycle vs. Car

At 10:35 pm on 15th of May, High Rolls Fire and EMS was dispatched for a report of a vehicle striking a motorcycle on Highway 82 near Milepost 14. One patient was transported to GCRMC Emergency Department.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Situation Report: High Rolls Fire Dispatched to Assist with Mayhill Fire

Around 2pm on Monday, 9th of May, High Rolls Fire was dispatched to assist with controlling a large and extremely fast moving wild-fire threatening the Sacramento Mountain community of Mayhill. High Rolls Fire provided an Urban/Wildland Interface Engine and a Type 5 Wildland engine to protect structures and homes located in the village of Mayhill from the encroaching forest fire. Operations are still in progress, as the fire is driven by Red Flag conditions and crews are rotated to provide support.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Situation Report: Vehicle Strikes Elk Near Mexican Canyon Trestle

At 8:35pm, on May 3rd, High Rolls Fire and EMS were dispatched to respond to a report of a vehicle striking an elk on Highway 82 near the Mexican Canyon Trestle. No injuries or highway closures were reported.

Situation Report: Suspected Illegal Burn

On Monday, May 2nd, at 3:30pm, High Rolls Fire was called to investigate a possible illegal burn taking place in the Apple Valley area. After a short investigation, it was found to be workers conducting repairs, mistaken for smoke by local residents. As a result of the current Burn Bans in place in Otero County and the Lincoln National Forest, all outdoor burning is prohibited.

Situation Report: Vehicle Accident Near Mexican Canyon Trestle

On May 1st, at 5:30 pm, High Rolls Fire and EMS was dispatched for a major accident on Highway 82 near the Mexican Canyon Railroad Trestle and overlook. Two vehicles struck nearly head-on, resulting in a highway closure of 1 and 1/2 hours. Over 8 patients were transported to Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center as a result. Cloudcroft Fire and EMS were called to assist in a mutual aid response.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Situation Report: HRVFD Called to Assist Ruidoso Downs with Devastating Wildfire

At 7pm last night, High Rolls Fire Department was called to assist Ruidoso Downs and Forest Service on a wildfire burning in the Gavilan Canyon area. This fire, named the White Fire, started during Red Flag conditions and quickly grew to encompass 6000 acres, threatening neighborhoods and racetrack/casino facilities in the Ruidoso Downs area. Neighborhoods and subdivisions of Ruidoso Downs and East Ruidoso were evacuated, as the fire rapidly spread in the 60 mph winds. High Rolls Fire sent a brushfire unit and personnel to assist in evacuations and wildfire control.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Situation Report: Brush Fire in La Luz Canyon Area

At 0750 am, High Rolls Fire was dispatched, along with Burro Flats Fire, and units from the US Forest Service to a report of a brush fire on Lincoln National Forest land, in the area where La Luz Canyon and Bailey Canyon intersect. High Rolls Units arrived on scene and contained the fire, turning control of the scene over to fire crews of the US Forest Service.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Situation Report: Rescue of Fall Victim at Tunnel Vista Overlook

At approximately 2:00 pm, High Rolls Fire and EMS was dispatched for a female fall victim at the High Rolls Tunnel Vista overlook. The patient fell and was approximately 180 feet down the cliff from the observation area. A low angle rescue was conducted and the patient was extracted using a stokes litter and a rope hauling system. Mutual aid was requested from La Luz Fire, Cloudcroft Fire and EMS, Otero County Sheriff, AMR Medical, and local Search and Rescue personnel. The patient was transported to Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Situation Report: Vehicle Accident on Highway 82 East of Tunnel

At 2:40pm, High Rolls Fire and EMS was called to the scene of a single vehicle auto accident near the Highway 82 Tunnel. Traffic was impeded for an hour, and all parties refused medical assistance. The scene was clear at 3:45pm.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Weather Update on the Mountain...

The snow's have finally cleared, but last week's storm was a busy time for us. At the height of the storm, High Rolls Fire ran multiple vehicle accidents along US 82, from automobiles sliding on the icy road. No major injuries were reported, but units were busy most of the day, and the highway was eventually closed to all traffic. Most of the problems were centered around the switchbacks near the High Rolls Tunnel and Scenic Overlook.

Time to Clear Your Brush!

Our forests and grasslands are overgrown, leading to anticipation that this Spring's fire season is going to be especially harsh. Today, the High Rolls Fire Department set the example by clearing brush around the station and performing a controlled burn to rid the overgrowth. We heartily recommend clearing the brush around your home to create a defensible space in case of wild-fire. It is recommended to clear brush back at least 30 feet from your home. The High Rolls Fire Department and Otero County Sheriff's Office should be contacted if you plan to perform any controlled burning. A fire truck can be arranged on request, for special situations. Interested persons should contact Chief Klaene for details.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Situation Report: Multi Vehicle Accident on Highway 82

At 2:05 pm, High Rolls Fire Department responded to Mile Marker 4 on Highway 82 for a reported motor vehicle accident with entrapment. Upon arrival, High Rolls units were faced with a multi-car accident with one patient entrapped facing life threatening injuries due to crash impact. The Native Air helicopter ambulance was requested and Dungan Fire Department set up a landing zone to transport the traumatically injured patient. Highway 82 remained closed for approximately 2 hours as the vehicles were removed and the road was made safe by removing debris and spilled fuel. One additional patient was transported with non-life threatening injuries.