Evening Update June 4th 10pm
Incident: Tres Lagunas Fire Wildfire
TRES LAGUNAS FIRE UPDATE
Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 10:00 p.m.
Fire Information: 505-757-2952 Media Contact: 505-757-2907
Information for this fire, including maps, can be found at: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3401
Acres: 9,000 Start Date: May 30, 2013
Cause: downed power line Location: 10 miles North of Pecos, NM
Containment: 15% Fuels: Timber
Total personnel: 757 Terrain: steep, rugged
PUBLIC MEETING TOMORROW: 6 p.m. at the Pecos High School
Today’s Actions: Crews were in Holy Ghost Canyon today providing structure protection. The hoses that were laid a few days earlier in the canyon were used to provide sprinklers for building protection. Although fire is near some of the structures in the Holy Ghost Canyon no structures have burned. A spot fire on the NE side of Holy Ghost canyon grew to about 250 acres. Helicopters and a Single Engine Airtanker dropped 35,000 gallons of fire retardant most of the day to slow its growth until fire behavior forced aircraft to disengage. Holy Ghost Canyon will continue to be one of the top priorities into the night. Crews additionally will work through the night to conduct burnout operations to secure lines on the northeast perimeter adjacent to FR 646. Bull dozer lines have been constructed on the southwest section of the fire off Viveash Mesa towards highway 63 to provide containment in that area. Additional bulldozer lines have also been constructed along a section of FR 646 east from highway 63 towards the Viveash fire scar.
Over the next few days, residents living in Gallinas Canyon and other areas east of the fire may see an increase in smoke in the late afternoon or early evening coming from the east side of the fire. This will be due to a burnout operation that may occur in the next few days east of Cow Creek and west of Forest Road 92, just east of the cluster of small spots of fire in that area in the old Viveash fire scar. Downed logs and debris from that fire will contribute to the increase in smoke. This burnout operation will be key to clearing up unburned fuel in that area and providing more protection for the Gallinas Watershed. Crews have already cleared fuels along the road near the planned burnout operation and will be patrolling for any potential spot fires.
The status of evacuations has not changed. The evacuation area is being assessed daily to determine when it is appropriate for evacuees to return to their property. Evacuees needing assistance with food purchases may contact American Red Cross @ (505)265-8514.
Important update: The Santa Fe National Forest Pecos Las Vegas Ranger District will be closed to all public entry beginning Wednesday June 5th at 8 AM. See the Santa Fe National Forest web site for particulars: http://www.fs.usda.gov/santafe/
Smoke: The most significant smoke impacts from the Tres Lagunas and Thompson Ridge fires will be in the communities of Pecos, Jemez Springs and La Cueva, tomorrow morning. Potentially unhealthy conditions (visibility of 1.5 to 2.75 miles or less) could occur in communities from active fire overnight and in the early morning. Other areas such as Las Vegas, Santa Fe and areas south of Santa Fe may experience periods of air quality which are unhealthy for sensitive groups (visibility of 3 to 5 miles), tomorrow morning. Information on wildland fire smoke and your health can be found on the New Mexico Department of Health's website at https://nmtracking.org/fire.