Breaking: New Mexico Fires Threaten Pagan Learning Center

The raging Las Conchas wildfire in New Mexico, which has been threatening the Los Alamos National Laboratory, is also within 20 miles of Ardantane, a Pagan learning center in the Jemez Mountains. According to the Covenant of the Goddess (COG) PIO blog, there’s no immediate danger as “wind is blowing in a direction away from Ardantane and towards Los Alamos.”


Here’s a statement released today by Ardantane:

“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.”

COG National First Officer Peter Dybing, who has participated in hands-on activism in places like earthquake-ravaged Port-au-Prince in Haiti, and in clean-up efforts on the Gulf Coast, in addition to helping raise over 30K for Japan relief, has been dispatched to the area as a firefighter by the US Forest Service and FEMA.

We will keep you updated on any new developments.

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  • EdthePagan

    Wow, Peter gets no rest….he just left PSG.

  • Anonymous

    Goddess bless Peter and his fellow-fire-fighters.

  • Star Foster

    I was hoping Peter would get a chance to go home and relax. May the Goddess keep him safe!

  • Dave of Pagan Centered Podcast

    Unfortunately, Peter’s team is the last line of defense in these type of situations and 0% containment is not a good thing if you’re close to one of these wildfires.

  • Mathews55

    But that headline is misleading. Ardentane is not threatened. The road to Ardentane veers off to the west; the fire went east. The question about Ardentane’s safety was put up on New Mexico’s Paganspace list and answered, both by the coven in Los Alamos, and with a direct quote from Azrael. So you all can rest easy.

  • Jason Pitzl-Waters

    I’ll rest easier once that fire is contained. A shift in the winds can
    change matters dramatically.

  • Anonymous

    This is why underground architecture is such a brilliant idea. Just evacuate and when you come back everything is still there.

    When will we learn these lessons?

  • Dave of Pagan Centered Podcast

    As soon as humans shed their biological need for sunlight, or it becomes absurdly cheap to do so.

  • Baruch Dreamstalker

    Great for fires, not so good for floods.