News Release June 2, 9 PM
Incident: Thompson Ridge Fire Wildfire
Acres: 1,906 Start date: May 31, 2013
Cause: Under Investigation Location: 10 miles north of Jemez, NM on Hwy 4 Containment: None Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine
Terrain: Steep, rugged Resources: 6 crews, 9 engines, 3 water tenders, 2 dozers
Total personnel: 312 Available air support: 4 helicopters
Summary: Today was a transition day from the Type 3 Incident Management Team to the Arizona Central West Zone Type 2 Team. There was moderate fire behavior on the fire today due to increased relative humidity and cloud cover. Firelines on the west were improved north along Valles Caldera (VC) Road 08, and east along VC Road 06. Crews conducted burnout operations in the southwest corner of the fire tying into VC Road 02. Firefighters were also engaged in preparing structure protection around private buildings in Sulfur and Sulfur Springs subdivisions.
Evacuations: An evacuation order is in effect for Thompson Valley, Rancho de la Cueva and Elk Valley.
Smoke: Smoke from the Thompson Ridge Fire is evident in several communities. Communities in the region may be impacted by that smoke and that from other fires in the area. Smoke sensitive persons in these areas need to be alert to this possibility and be prepared to take any necessary precautions. 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.
Road and Fire Area Closure: The Valle Grande Staging Area is open to the public. All other points of entry to the Valles Caldera preserve are closed to public access due to fire activity.
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 the area.