Las Conchas BAER Implementation Update 07-31-11
Incident: Las Conchas Burned Area Emergency Respon Burned Area Emergency Rehabilitation
Santa Fe National Forest
Las Conchas Fire
Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Implementation
-BAER Treatment Information-
Sunday, July 31, 2011
The Las Conchas fire is 99% contained. Suppression and fire rehabilitation activities on the Santa Fe National Forest, Valles Caldera National Preserve, Bandelier National Monument and Cochiti and Jemez Pueblos are near completion. Suppression of active fire in the Chicoma Mountain area is essentially complete. Patrol, mop up, chipping of brush and trees, and restoration of hand lines and dozer lines is still in progress within the burned area. Firefighting resources excess to our needs continue to be released. The BAER Implementation Team continues applying burned area emergency treatments in the Las Conchas fire area.
Road work continues today on FR 268 and 289. Yesterday, construction of two trash racks, designed to capture large, woody flood debris, was completed along FR 289. Along with blading and drainage construction, crews are felling trees along drainage channels and placing them strategically in an attempt to facilitate water flow for the future. Cultural assessments still continue throughout the burned area. The Peralta Bridge on Trail 140 was removed and stored in a safe location for future reinstallation. Also, hazard tree removal and seeding took place on Pajarito Mountain yesterday.
A partial lifting of fire restrictions went into effect July 30 for the Santa Fe National Forest and the Valles Caldera National Preserve. However, the Las Conchas Fire burned area is closed to public access. Santa Fe National Forest officials are evaluating forest roads within the burned area to determine which roads may be reopened and when. For additional information about closures, visit the Santa Fe National Forest website at: http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/sfe/; or contact the Valles Caldera National Preserve at (866) 382-5537.
Additional BAER implementation treatment information is available on Inciweb at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2406/.