This morning, authorities are reporting that the Tres Lagunas Fire, now 10,219 acres, is 90% contained; the Thompson Ridge, 23,903 acres, is 80% contained; and the Jaroso Fire is currently 3,546 acres and 0% contained. See below for the press releases on all three fires. (Pictured above: Tres Lagunas Fire map)
TRES LAGUNAS FIRE UPDATE June 17, 2013
Start Date: 5/30/13 Size: 10,219 acres Cause: Human Fuels: Timber Terrain: Steep/Rugged Containment: 90% Location:15 miles N. of Pecos,NM Resources Committed: 233 personnel
Summary: Firefighters and engines are remaining on scene today as active flames were detected yesterday in the center of the Tres Lagunas fire perimeter and additional smoldering and creeping fire was seen below Mount Barker. The containment remains at 90 percent. Resources are on point, continuing to protect property. Three divisions are extinguishing and removing burning materials and reinforcing the containment lines. The situation remains dynamic and all crews remain vigilant about the steep terrain, potential flash floods and a drying trend his week.
Today’s Weather: Afternoon winds are expected to be erratic with a 40% chance of thunderstorms. Conditions will rapidly dry the rest of the week.
Highway 63 at mile marker 16, open for residents only.
The public is reminded that the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District, including the
Pecos Wilderness, is closed due to extreme fire danger. No picnicking or
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.
Fire information: For further information on the Tres Lagunas Fire, call the Fire Information at 505-757-2952. Media contact number 505-757-2907. Maps and photos can be found at: www.inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3401
Post Response: The Forest Service Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team specialists have accessed the area. For further information on the Tres Lagunas Post- Fire Response, please visit Inciweb at: www.inciweb.nwcg.gov or call (505) 670-6072.
Pictured above: Thompson Ridge Fire map
Fire Information: (541) 787-4342
(541) 787-4343 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Cause: Downed powerline Containment: 80 percent Terrain: Steep, rugged Total personnel: 526
Summary: For the third consecutive
interior where a total of four acres have burned since Friday. Minimal fire activity is expected today as crews continue rehab, mop up and patrol of the perimeter. The Arizona Central West Zone Incident Management Team will be joined on the line by members of the Albuquerque Zone Type III Incident Management Team who will assume management of the fire at 6:00 am Tuesday.
The fire will continue to smolder through the interior where unburned fuels remain. Interior fire potential will increase Wednesday and Thursday with increasing temperatures and drying southwest winds.
Rehabilitation of fire damage will be addressed by the Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team. Specialists of different disciplines will work with the various agencies and pueblos affected by the fire to assess damage and recommend actions. Further information about BAER and the three phases of rehabilitation are noted in their attached news release. The BAER information number is (707) 853-4243.
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.
Smoke: For more smoke information and air quality forecasts, please visit the New Mexico Environment Department’s website at http://www.nmenv.state.nm.us/aqb and https://nmtracking.org/fire.
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.
For more information regarding the fire, please visit www.inciweb.org or follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ThompsonRdgFire . Additional photos and information are available at www.facebook.com/ThompsonRdgFire and www.flickr.com/ThompsonRdgFire.
Pictured above: Jaroso Fire map
** Jaroso Fire information telephone numbers have been changed. ** Fire Information: 505-438-5321
Date Reported: 06/10/2013
Location: Espanola Ranger District within the Pecos Wilderness, approx. 6 miles southeast of Borrego Cause: Lightning
Size: 3,546 acres
Number of Personnel: 67 members of the team that are developing the long term suppression strategy. Equipment: No ground equipment at this time. Aircraft: 2 helicopters
Injuries to Date: None Percent Contained: 0%
The Atlanta National Incident Management Organization (NIMO) has assumed command of the Jaroso Fire this morning as of 6:00 am. This NIMO team is already managing the Tres Lagunas suppression and BAER (Burned Area Emergency Response) efforts, as well as, the Thompson Ridge BAER efforts.
Please note that the Jaroso Fire information telephone number has been changed again. Please refer to the number listed above.
Future fire updates will be posted every morning. Evening updates will no longer be posted unless fire activity changes significantly.
Santa Fe National Forest Fire Restrictions and Closures:
Go to www.firerestrictions.us/nm or www.fs.usda.gov
Today’s Planned Activities:
The NIMO team will move forward using the Jaroso Fire Long Term Assessment developed by the Southwest
Incident Management Team on what efforts have been completed to date and what still needs to be done.
The NIMO will continue its interaction with the community to provide information on current efforts.
The fire continues to burn in an area that is inaccessible to ground resources. Placing firefighters in such a region is an unacceptable risk to those firefighters.
The fire continues to be actively backing through the area of a previous blow down and is burning in an area of
mixed conifer that has a 40-50% dead component. The weather is predicted to be windy and drier later this
“We continue to monitor the fire strategically throughout the day by using aerial resources and fire personnel on the ground,” stated Mike Quesinberry, NIMO Incident Commander.