LA CUEVA, N.M. (KRQE) - The Thompson Ridge Fire burning in the Jemez Mountains almost doubled in size Tuesday, but fire officials say they were prepared for it.
And weather changes on Wednesday may actually keep that from happening again.
So far the latest estimates from fire crews has the total amount of acreage at nearly 9,400 with just 15 percent containment.
Higher humidity levels also might help improve conditions.
As of Wednesday afternoon there weren't any villages or structures in imminent danger.
Helicopters have made relentless water drops on the blaze throughout the day with water picked up from nearby Fenton Lake.
Because of this public access to the lake has been temporarily cut off.
The flames did get close to the Valles Caldera National Preserve headquarters historic district, but none of the structures was touched.
Burnout operations also continued to reduce fuel for the fire fuels throughout while fire lines were set up in other areas to contain the blaze where it is currently near Redondo Peak.
Fire officials say critical help has come from the air in the form of a massive DC-10 jet, which made at least one fire-retardant drop Wednesday.
"The DC-10, the VLAT (Very Large Air Tanker), can carry 11,600 gallons," Rick Hartigan of the Arizona Central West Fire Team said. "Now that varies according to altitude density.
"When we work at higher elevations they carry less, but carrying that much they are able to dispense large amounts all at once."
Sandoval County officials in charge of enforcing evacuations told KRQE News 13 an evacuation order remains in effect for Thompson, Rancho de la Cueva, and Elk Valley.
They said some residents chose to stay in their homes. Some chose to leave.
Those who left still cannot return home and are waiting on the green light from fire officials.
Sandoval County officials want to warn residents still in their homes to be prepared to evacuate in case the fire grows and shifts back in their direction.
They say they will utilize the media, and reverse 911 calls to alert them if that should happen.
Firefighters are also still trying to keep the Tres Lagunas Fire, about 10 miles north of Pecos, from reaching more than a 100 homes, some of them just about three miles from the flames.
It has grown to about 9,000 acres and is now 15 percent contained.
Because of this fire, the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest is now closed.
Smoke from both the Tres Lagunas and Thompson Ridge Fires could blow into Santa Fe, Los Alamos, Las Vegas and Jemez Springs Wednesday.
If it bothers you, please stay indoors.
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