ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Wildfires caused by lightning and downed power lines continue to burn from the Santa Fe National Forest on the north to the Gila National Forest in the southwest.
Here are the latest updates posted by incident-management teams working the Jaroso, White's Peak, Tres Lagunas, Thompson Ridge and Silver fires:
Jaroso Fire Update (Saturday, June 15, 9 a.m.)
- Incident: Jaroso Fire Wildfire
- Released: 5 hrs. ago
- Fire Facts: Date Reported: 06/10/2013
- Location: Espanola Ranger District within the Pecos
- Number of Personnel: 47 members of the team that are developing the long term suppression strategy.
- Wilderness, approx. 6 miles southeast of Borrego
- Equipment: No ground equipment at this time.
- Cause: Lightning
- Aircraft: 2 Fixed Wing, 1 Helicopter.
- Size: 3,543 acres (based on IR flight)
- Injuries to Date:
- None Percent Contained: 0%
Moist conditions continue to limit the growth and spread of the Jaroso fire. However, unburned fuels and vegetation within the fire perimeter continues to burn and there are several areas along the fire's edge that show significant heat remaining.
Today's Planned Activities:
As seen yesterday, today's fire activity should be low or moderate due to high relative humidity and the possibility of scattered precipitation around the fire area. This weather trend is expected to continue through the weekend into Tuesday when a drying trend moves into the area on Wednesday. The fire will still burn in heavy pockets of fuel and continues to burn and smolder through the area of blow-down.
Fire operations personnel on the ground will continue scouting the areas well ahead of the fire perimeter and aircraft will provide aerial surveillance of the fire. The team continues to develop potential suppression strategies to protect critical assets at risk and identify consequences of the potential loss of those assets. The team is using the input they have received from stakeholders and the community that identified assets of particular importance that may be affected by the fire. The team will continue to scout out potential water sources for the fire suppression effort, locate remote cabins where possible, identify values at risk and propose tactics for their protection.
Whites Peak Fire Information (Saturday June 15, 11:30 a.m.)
- Start Date & Time: 6-13-2013 11:20
- Start Location: 10 miles NE of Ocate, NM/ 14 Miles Southwest of Cimarron, NM
- Cause of Fire: Lightning
- Area Vegetation: Ponderosa Pine, Mixed Conifer
- Acres Burned: 1,111 Infrared Flight acreage
- Ownership(s): Private
- Structures Threatened: 1- out-building, 1-Cabin 3 miles North of Fire (low- no immediate threat)
- Structures Burned:0
- Relocation: (Y or N & #): NO
- % Contained: 10%
- Temperature: 81
- Relative Humidity: 30
- Wind Speeds: 5
- Wind Direction: W
- Resources: Engines: 11; Bulldozers: 4; hand crews: 5; helicopters: 3: air tankers: 0; water tenders: 4
- Total # of Personnel: estimated 200
Situation: The fire is burning in landscape that is very steep and rocky and has very limited access for firefighters on the ground. The team will utilize aircraft to suppress and slow the fire down today. Incident Command reports that air and ground resources to create anchor points for containment lines and flank the fire. The Fire Crews will be direct attacking the fire today with aid of aircraft, and ground resources.
The relocation of Philmont Boy Scout Ranch 600 Boy Scouts (South Area), to the North end of the 130,000+ Ranch is still in effect.
Two priority areas today include the protection of the Tri-State electrical transmission line in the area and keeping the fire from crossing into the Philmont Scout Ranch. Crews spent yesterday improving fuel breaks around the line and dropping retardant in the path of the fire to slow its approach. There has been little growth of the fire toward the power line, which is still approximately ¼ mile away.
Another objective is to defend the Mora's Creek Drainage to the South and East side of the fire, the watershed provides water for area residences East of the fire.
Crews were aided by humid conditions and lower temperatures, which kept fire activity down. More precipitation is possible today.
Incident Name: White's Peak
Condition of Fire: Aerial resources have been a big help in aiding with suppression efforts and recon of the incident. Crews made good progress yesterday constructing direct line and Low temps and high RH value have been aiding and suppressing the fire. Minimal outward progression towards power line has been seen. Fire crews are defending the power line as priority on the incident to prevent damage to power line and possibly causing disruptions to several communities connected to the power. Another priority has been set to defend all structures threatened in the vicinity of the fire as well as outward progression of the fire towards Philmont
Tres Lagunas Fire Update (Saturday, June 15, 9 a.m.)
- Incident: Tres Lagunas Fire Wildfire
- Released: 5 hrs. ago
- Start Date: May 30, 2013 Cause: Human Size: 10,219 acres
- Location: 10 miles north of Pecos,NM Terrain: Steep/Rugged
- Containment: 85% Fuels: Timber Resources Committed: 422
- Todays Weather: Expected temperatures for today will be in the mid 70s with relative humidity in the twenties. Winds 10-12 mph with wind gusts up to 20 mph. Skies in the morning will be partly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of precipitation during the mid and late morning as well as this afternoon.
Mop up, and fire line rehabilitation will continue today along the firelines.. Mop up includes extinguishing or removing burning material near containment lines, felling snags, and trenching logs to prevent rolling after an area has burned. Firefighters will continue to improve existing fireline and build additional direct fireline on ridges and steep slopes on the east, northeast, and southeast areas of the fire. Resources and equipment are gradually being demobilized.
The road block on Highway 63 at Windy Bridge Day Use Area has been removed and the road is now open. 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 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 including the Holy Ghost area. Century Link continues to repair phone lines in the area.
Forest Service Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team specialists will be in the burn area today assessing fire effects and potential for further damage in the event of heavy rains in the fire area. Soil scientists are looking at the ability of the burned soils to absorb water, and hydrologists are looking at watershed conditions and runoff potential.
Engineers are assessing roads and bridges. Biologists are looking at fire effects on wildlife and vegetation, as well as, impacts to endangered species. Residents and property owners around and downstream from the fire area should remain alert and stay updated on weather conditions that may result in heavy rains over the burn scar.
For further information on the Tres Lagunas Fire, call the Fire Information at 505-757-2952. Maps and photos can be found at: www.inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3401 .
Thompson Ridge Fire
- Acres: 24,032
- Start date: May 31, 2013
- Cause: Downed power line
- Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve, NM
- Containment: 75 percent
- Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine
- Terrain: Steep, rugged
- Resources: 13 crews, 29 engines, 29 water tenders, 3 dozers
- Total personnel: 763
- Available air support: 5 helicopters
Summary: Last night fire activity was minimal, and there was no new growth on the fire. Night shift crews patrolled the perimeter and addressed hotspots near the fireline.
Today firefighters will continue to patrol and mopup any hot spots within the perimeter of the fire. Rehabilitation around South Mountain will continue as firefighters remove snags and chip felled trees.
National Guard crews will assist firefighters today with removal of hoses and equipment from areas that are no longer under threat from fire.
The pre-evacuation notice for the Bennett Road Subdivision has been lifted as of 10 a.m. today.
Open and active: Communities in and around the Santa Fe National Forest remain open and accessible including Jemez Springs, Jemez Pueblo, Santa Clara Pueblo, Los Alamos and Bandelier National Monument. Camping, hiking and other recreational opportunities are available in these areas.
Closures: All points of entry to the Valles Caldera National Preserve are closed to public access due to fire activity. The Fenton Lake State Park is also closed to the public.
Silver Fire Receives Precipitation (Saturday, June 15, 10:30 a.m.)
SAN LORENZO, N.M. – Small amounts of rain fell on the north and south side of the fire yesterday moderating fire activity. Firefighters expect the same weather patterns today which will continue to be favorable to suppression efforts. The fire is now at 21,789 acres.
The Northern Arizona Incident Management Team is hosting Congressman Steve Pearce, staff and his guests at the Silver Fire. A tour and briefing are planned at the
Incident Command Post in San Lorenzo, N.M.
There are 552 firefighters working the fire which include five helicopters, eight 20-person hotshot crews, five 20-person hand crews, 16 engines, two dozers and 11 water tenders.
A public meeting will be held in Silver City today, Saturday, at 6 p.m. at the Grant County Administration Building located at 1400 US Highway 180 East. Additional meetings are held each morning at the Hillsboro Community Center at 10 a.m.
Gila National Forest officials want to remind the general public that the forest is open except in the restricted fire area.
Several agencies are assisting with the Silver Fire, they include the Grant and Sierra County Sheriff's Departments, NM State Police, Las Cruces BLM District, NM State Forestry and NM Department of Transportation.
To ensure public safety, the Aldo Leopold Wilderness has been closed east of NM State Highway 152 from the Continental Divide National ScenicTrail #74 south to Reeds Peak. NM State Highway 152 from San Lorenzo to Hillsboro remains closed. The road closure is for east and westbound traffic from 35 miles east of Bayard at mile marker 16 to 10 miles west of Hillsboro at mile marker 40. Trail #79 and the Royal John Mine Road are also closed for public safety.
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