Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Los Alamos fire near the Ardantane Learning Center

We just got off the phone with long time CoG member and supporter -  Azrael from Ardentane in New Mexico.  The fire that is threatening the National Laboratory and the city of Los Alamos is now burning about 20 miles away from the Ardentane campus near Jemez Springs.  For now the wind is blowing in a direction away from Ardentane and toward Los Alamos.  Earlier today they had some smoke drift by, but so far they are not in immediate danger.

                                                                         Ardentane


Here are some messages from the Ardantane website: http://ardantane.org/blog/blog.php?id=9216422879125380177

"By now, many of you have heard that a huge wildfire is raging in the Jemez Mountains of New Mexico. (Our campus is located about six miles south of Jemez Springs).

At this point, the Las Conchas Fire is moving away from Ardantane, and toward Los Alamos. Very bad news for Los Alamos, which was hit hard in the Cerro Grande Fire in 2000. The fire is now at 60,000 acres (which I believe is the largest in NM state history) and 0% contained.

There is significant smoke at Ardantane, and if it gets worse we might have to evacuate resident staff and visitors. But so far there is no immediate danger to the campus.

If conditions change, we will provide an update here. Thanks to the many people who have offered shelter in the homes, in case of evacuation.

If you would like to help, please work magick for rain here, and for the safety of firefighters and all those in the fire's path."
"Greetings All,

In our prayers and magickal workings let us remember those who are threatened by the Wallow Fire in Arizona, as well as the Las Conchas Fire in New Mexico. Please read the letter below, and take action.

Blessed be, Amber K


Executive Director, Ardantane Pagan Learning Center
Telephone: 505-469-7777
Address: Ardantane, P.O. Box 307, Jemez Springs, NM 87025
Website: www.ardantane.org

Beloved Sisters and Brothers,

This prayer request came to me today from a soul sister. I am inspired to 
add "all living beings, including the beloved green beings", to the prayer 
request.

In Gratitude,
Deni

Wallow Fire ~ Special Request from our Native Brothers and Sisters

Sent from a "Navajo sister" to all of us.

The Wallow Fire in Arizona, the largest in Arizona history, is still only 
half contained. The fire has destroyed everything in its path, over a half 
million acres so far. Not only are our tribal lands at stake (White Mountain 
& San Carlos Apaches, possibly Zuni, and some Navajo areas), but our 
non-native friends also need our help.

All the choppers, manpower, planes, and bulldozers are not enough. They need 
our help.

We are one Nation as Natives and our traditional prayers to the Creator as 
Natives can be very powerful, especially when we all connect our minds, 
hearts and our prayers across the miles and pray.

Please join us in a tribal prayer to help the firefighters and all involved. 
Wherever you are and whatever you are doing right now, please stop for a few 
minutes and raise your hands to the Creator to ask for help:

"I pray so the winds stop and the rains start (without lightning please). I 
pray for the safety of all humans, birds and animals. I ask for heavenly 
walls to protect our land and animals from fire".

If your spiritual preference is not traditional, pray with us in however way 
you talk to the Creator.

If all of you can forward this message across the Nations, we can reach many 
thru phone and internet. Please start forwarding ASAP to reach as many as we 
can.

Thank you,

Dorothea Stevens,
San Carlos Apache Nation"

Our National First Officer - Peter Dybing has been dispatched to this fire by the US Forest Service and FEMA. He should be reaching the affected area just about now. We all wish him and the staff and students of Ardantane our best in this perilous time.

More news on the fire near Ardantane:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N326DbnaNvA&feature=player_embedded

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dMN3k_f5kU&feature=relmfu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwhG1xOIkEE&feature=player_embedded

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXwYP8T7p-Q&feature=player_embedded#at=19

Find out how you can help the Las Conchas fire responders and evacuees
http://www.kob.com/article/stories/S2176544.shtml?cat=504
http://www.krqe.com/dpp/news/local/food-donations-needed-for-evacuees

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/blogpost/post/los-alamos-nuclear-lab-to-remain-closed-as-new-mexico-wildfire-nears/2011/06/28/AGzySNpH_blog.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6k_OShnOZ70

http://blogs.krqe.com/2011/06/28/hot-windy-a-few-storms-fire-conditions-worsen/

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/usa/20110627-new-mexico.html

http://www.krqe.com/dpp/weather/wildfires/los-alamos-evacuation-resources

http://blogs.krqe.com/category/wildfires/