Fire Ecology

Touched by Fire

Touched by Fire; Renewal of a Landscape and a Community, As part of the 10th anniversary after the Cerro Grande fire, the author interviewed various community members about their journey of recovery.  After the fire people shared their experiences with family, friends, and even strangers.  Many did not see their stories as important, yet the stories were told: stories of evacuation, stories of loss, stories of compassion, and stories of miracles.  Experts say it takes eighteen months to three years for people to recover from a life-changing event.  I wanted to understand where we were as a community ten years […]

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Lest We Forget

The Cerro Grande Fire of 2000, resulted in  evacuation of the community of Los Alamos and the loss of over 400 structures.  The White Rock United Church had four families associated with church that lost their homes.  Others were affected because of losses of family member homes.  The evacuation was an experience nearly all in the community. This book is a compilation of stories of church members, their experiences with loss, and the spiritual support they got from those around them and communities near and far.  I compiled this book because I realized that once life returned to the daily […]

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The La Mesa Fire

The La Mesa Fire, Studies and Observations from 1975 through 2012.  2013.  Teralene Foxx, Leslie Hansen, Rebecca Oertel, Collin Haffey, Kay Beeley.  Los Alamos National Laboratory, LA-UR-13-24499. For the past 37 years, I have studied wildfire recovery in plots established in 1975 in Bandelier National Monument.  This document compiles my observations, matching photography, and thoughts about the role of fire in the ecosystem. This technical report has been published at www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1084501/ by the U. S. Department of Energy

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La Mesa Fire Symposium

In 1977, the first large fire in 80 years within Bandelier National Monument took place burning over 15,000 acres.  It was named the La Mesa fire.  The symposium was held at Los Alamos National Laboratory and co-sponsored by the National Park Service, and Southwest Fire Council.  The Symposium examined changes in vegetation, soil, cultural resources, chemical quality, aquatic invertebrates, small mammals, and avifauna after the La Mesa Fire.

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Fire Effects on Plants of the Jemez Mountains and the Pajarito Plateau

Fire Effects on Plants of the Jemez Mountains and Pajarito Plateau. 2013. Foxx, Teralene S. and Leslie Hansen. Los Alamos National Laboratory, LA-UR-13-24500. Over the 37 years of observing ecological recovery after wildfire, I have been amazed at  the resiliency of nature.  This publication documents a number of plant species and their recovery after fire. This technical report has been published at www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1084502/ by the U. S. Department of Energy.

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Out of the Ashes – A Story of Natural Recovery

This booklet was written immediately after the Cerro Grande Fire to help people understand the importance of fire in the ecosystem and the recovery of the landscape.  The full color booklet was given to all the employees at Los Alamos National Laboratory and was also taken to other communities. Lest We Forget, Stories of the White Rock United Methodist Church and the Cerro Grande Fire, May 2000.  The Cerro Grande Fire of 2000, caused evacuation of the community of Los Alamos and the loss of over 400 structures.  The White Rock United Church had four families associated with church that […]

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