JEMEZ SPRINGS, N.M. (KRQE) - The Thompson Fire in the Jemez Mountains damaged one home Friday and by Saturday morning was working its way up Redondo Peak, authorities report.
A revised estimate puts the size of the blaze at 650 acres of oak brush and ponderosa pine with light winds pushing it to the east away from homes and cabins. Late Saturday morning officials said the size of fire could be as high as 800 acres after flames made a run in the hours before dawn.
Fire bosses have scheduled a community meeting in La Cueva for 5:15 p.m. Saturday at the De Los Pinos Fire Station on Forest Road 10 off State Route 4.
The fire blamed on a downed power line started about 2:40 p.m. Friday, grew quickly and led to the evacuation of 40 to 50 homes along Thompson Ridge east of Fenton Lake and about 10 miles north of Jemez Springs. One home caught fire but was saved from destruction by firefighters, according to New Mexico State Forestry.
Flames also came within 10 yards of Craig Yost's home in Rancho de la Cueva.
"I was sitting watching TV, enjoying a beer, and I see a Forest Service fire truck going up the road and my neighbor and his four-wheeler, and I said, 'Oh, this can't be good,'" Yost told KRQE News 13. "I went outside and looked, and you could see where the power line had fallen down."
About 100 fire personnel are on scene from federal, state and county agencies
The fire also is reported to have crossed from private land into the Valles Caldera National Preserve.
Campsites and recreation areas closer to Jemez Springs have not been affected, and at last report the smoke was not an issue in the village.
On Saturday morning fire bosses said winds were forecast out of the northwest at 7-10 mph shifting to southwesterly at 8-11 mph.
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