Tres Lagunas Fire Update - Wednesday, June 5, 2013, 10:00 PM
Incident: Tres Lagunas Fire Wildfire
TRES LAGUNAS FIRE UPDATE
Wednesday, June 5, 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
Cause: downed power line
Start Date: May 30, 2013
Location: 10 miles North of Pecos, NM
Total personnel: 931
Terrain: steep, rugged
At 8:00 p.m. tonight the road block on Highway 63 moved further north in the Pecos canyon to the Windy Bridge Day Use area at approximately mile marker 15.5. Individuals residing south of Windy Bridge will be allowed to return to their property starting at 8:00 p.m. Due to heavy fire traffic, please avoid driving on the highway before 8:00 a.m. and after 5:00 p.m. Residents are urged to drive slow use extreme caution. Areas north of Windy Bridge remain under evacuation. Forest Road 92 two miles north of the Bull Creek road remains closed.
Today’s Summary: Crews continued to build handline around spot fires located North of Holy Ghost Canyon. Monitoring of structures in Holy Ghost Canyon continues. No structures have been lost to date. This area of the fire remains very active. Sprinklers have been effective in stopping the fires advance toward the structures. Crews conducted mop up operations 100 feet in from the containment line on several areas around the fire. Between .02-.08” of rain fell on the fire area. This amount of rain will have little positive effect on suppression efforts.
Crews continued to build fireline directly along the edge of the spot fires located south of the Cow Creek drainage and kept them west of Forest Road 92.
Photos taken of Holy Ghost Canyon, Indian Creek, Tres Lagunas and other areas of the fire have been posted to the Inciweb website and are available for download. Go to inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3401 and click on the Photographs link.
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. 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.
The Mora-San Miguel Electric Coop and Century Link are closely engaged with fire management personnel regarding when it is safe for their personnel to enter the fire area and assess any possible damage to their facilities. When safe, the Electric Coop will enter the fire area to assess damage and make any necessary repairs. The extent of the fire damage and time needed to make the necessary repairs will determine how soon they can energize the power lines and restore power to structures within the fire area. Century Link’s main priority is to get customers back in service as soon as possible. Once allowed to enter the area, Century Link will determine the extent of damages to facilities and begin the necessary repairs and/or replacement of facilities.
For more information about the restoration of power, contact the Mora-San Miguel Electric Coop at 575-387-2205. For more information about Century Link service, call 1-800-788-3600.