ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The Jaroso Fire continues to grow in the Pecos Wilderness as firefighters report more progress on containing the Tres Lagunas Fire burning in the same forest.
The Jaroso blaze north of Santa Fe and has now scorched 8,000 acres with the fire-management team listing it as zero percent contained.
- Detailed fire updates below.
Choppers, air tankers and ground crews were all pulled from the fire yesterday because it was so intense.
Plenty of dead tress were knocked down by wind six-years-ago and crews are concerned the fire will creep towards them.
Neither communities nor buildings are threatened there right now.
Meanwhile a group of fishing buddies posting as Goobers505 shot video as they left the Pecos through smoke and flames shortly after the Tres Lagunas fire broke out on May 30.
The guys say they were returning from a fishing trip first encountering smoke and then flames on both sides of the road. Near-panic ensues as they race past the flames.
- See YouTube player below. Warning: Adult language.
That fire has burned more than 10,000 acres in the Santa Fe National Forest and is 77 percent contained as mop-up operations continue. State Route 63 north of the community of Pecos also has reopened to residents of the area although that section of forest remains closed to recreational users.
A public meeting is planned for 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Pecos High School auditorium.
Goobers505 Tres Lagunas video. Warning: Adult language.
- Fire Name: Jaroso Fire
- Time/Date Reported: June 10, 2013 at 1:45 pm
- Location: Española Ranger District within the Pecos Wilderness, approximately six miles southeast of Borrego Mesa; 10,000 ft. elevation
- Legal Description: T19N, R11E, Sec 1
- Cause: Lightning
Fuels: Fire is burning in mixed conifer, heavy dead and down fuels with pockets of bug-killed trees. It is burning in a 1300-acre area of downed timber caused by a wind event six years ago
Size: Approx. 8,000 ac. The fire is being observed by air and the heavy smoke has made it difficult to determine the true size of the fire. After last night's infrared flight, and a fly-over this morning a more accurate size has been determined. We believe the fire is now approximately 8,000 acres.
% Contained: No containment at this time
Resources: Air attack resources will continue to assess and monitor fire progression and fire behavior today. Ground resources are not being used today due to safety concerns regarding volatile fire behavior and concern for adequate safety zones and escape routes in the remote wilderness area. A Type 1 team, Tony Sciacca Incident Commander has been ordered and will arrive today to brief with forest fire officials and will begin overseeing the management of the fire at 6 am Thursday morning.
Tomorrow's Weather: Temperatures will continue to be high at 77-82 degrees with winds out of the southwest at 10-15 mph.
Structures/threats: No structures in Pecos Wilderness, no communities threatened at this time.
Road Closures: N/A
Summary: The fire is burning deep in the Pecos Wilderness thus no communities are threatened. It has burned approximately ac, 2 to 3 ½ miles long. The smoke column is reaching close to 20,000 feet in the air and forming 3 distinctive heads and taking more shape. At this time it is burning in the blowdown area and has burned into Pecos Baldy. Available air resources are being used in attempt to slow the fire's progress. Firefighter safety remains a priority at this time. Smoke from the Jaroso fire will likely be significant today and transported over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains towards Mora, Holman and northeastern New Mexico.
PUBLIC MEETING TONIGHT June 12, 6 pm in the Pecos High School Auditorium
- Acres: 10,237
- Cause: Human
- Start Date: May 30, 2013
- Containment: 77%
- Location: 10 miles North of Pecos, NM
- Fuels: Timber
- Total personnel: 660
- Terrain: steep, rugged
Today's Actions: Mop up, backhauling of equipment, and rehabilitation of firelines will continue on all sides of the fire except for the east side. Mop up includes extinguishing or removing burning material near containment lines, felling snags, and trenching logs to prevent rolling after an area has burned. On the east side of the fire where it burned into the old Viveash fire scar, crews continue to look for opportunities to construct handline and dozer line. Resources and equipment are gradually being demobilized.
Highway 63 is now open. Private landowners who live north of Windy Bridge are now able to access their private property. The public is reminded that the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District is closed to public entry due to extreme fire danger including the entire Pecos Wilderness. The District closure pertains to all recreational
uses (fishing, camping, hiking, etc.) including recreation resident leasees or permittees on national forest land. For questions about the District closure, please call the Pecos Ranger District at 505-757-6121.
NM Game and Fish lands in the Pecos Canyon are also closed to all recreational use.
Due to heavy fire traffic, residents returning to their homes should avoid driving on Highway 63 before 8:00 a.m. and after 5:00 p.m. Residents are urged to drive slowly and use extreme caution.
Electricity has been restored to all evacuated areas except for Holy Ghost Canyon. Century Link continues to repair phone lines in the area.
Today's Weather: Hot and dry conditions continue today with temperatures remaining well above normal. Winds will be lighter out of the Southwest at 10-12 mph with gusts up to 24 mph, and a slight chance of dry thunderstorms is possible.
Smoke Notice: Residents in Pecos Canyon and areas east of the Tres Lagunas fire may be impacted by smoke coming from the Jaroso Fire in the Pecos Wilderness.
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