Tres Lagunas Fire Update - Saturday, June 8, 2013, 8 Am
Incident: Tres Lagunas Fire Wildfire
Fire Information: 505-757-2952 Media Contact: 505-757-2907
Information for this fire, including maps and photos, can be found at: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3401
Start Date: May 30, 2013
Location: 10 miles North of Pecos, NM
Total personnel: 1,011
Terrain: steep, rugged
NO PUBLIC MEETING TONIGHT
Today’s Actions: Good progress was made yesterday on hand and dozer lines. Lines were constructed to tie in remaining active fire areas which include the northwest corner of Holy Ghost Canyon. Firefighters completed firelines around the spot fires in Holy Ghost and the cluster of spot fires on the east side of the fire. Mop-up will continue today in north, south, and southeast areas. Potential burnouts to establish a solid fire perimeter may be conducted west of Forest Road 92. An assessment will be conducted today for this action. The burnout operation (if needed) is a strategy for the protection of the Gallinas watershed.
The road block on Highway 63 is located at the Windy Bridge Day Use area at approximately mile marker 15.5. The road south of Windy Bridge is open. 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 slowly and 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 weather: Hotter, drier, windier, with temperatures 10 degrees above normal, up to mid-80s. Relative Humidity 9-10%, winds W/NW 15-20 mph, with possible gusts up to 30 mph. There may be thunderstorms on the east side of the fire.
Smoke: Smoke should be minimal today; however, if burnouts occur, smoke may be visible to the east of the fire within the communities of Las Vegas, Gallinas Canyon, and Mora.
Be Bear Aware: There have been bear sightings reported by firefighters in the area. With area residents returning to their property after a week of power outages, New Mexico Game and Fish advises to be sure not to leave food or garbage of any kind where bears can get to it. Bears that become habituated to human food and garbage are often relocated and frequently don’t survive. Bears are hungry and travelling widely at this time of year. The fire has aggravated the situation. Please be observant and cautious around all wildlife. For more information contact www.bebearaware.org
Camp recycling program: There are over 1,000 assigned personnel in the fire camp. The team strives to meet or exceed federal and state environmental standards, such as recycling plastic, paper and cardboard. Non-perishable food items are being donated to local charitable organizations.