News Update 6/8 Am
Incident: Thompson Ridge Fire Wildfire
Acres: 18,527 Start date: May 31, 2013
Cause: Downed powerline Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve, NM
Containment: 40 percent Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine
Terrain: Steep, rugged Resources: 25 crews, 49 engines, 23 water tenders, 2 dozers
Total personnel: 1,092 Available air support: 3 air tankers, 4 helicopters
Summary: Last night was another quiet night on the fire. No firing operations were conducted due to changes in atmospheric conditions.
A Red Flag Warning has been issued for today from 1:00 pm through 7:00 pm, with sustained northwesterly winds of 15-20 mph, and gusts up to 30 mph.
Planned activities for today include mopping up the west and north sides of the fire 200 feet in from the containment line. Firefighters will be patrolling and monitoring the east side of the fire including the Headquarters District. The south side of the fire will continue to be prepared and improved. The south side is the last area of the fire with unburned fuels away from the containment line. An increase in visitors to the area are expected for this weekend, heightening concerns for the safety of the public and the firefighting resources.
A public meeting is scheduled for the Thompson Ridge Fire today at 4:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Fire Station in Sierra los Pinos, New Mexico, located south of Highway 4 on FR 10. The Arizona Central West Zone team will be present to give an update on the fire. New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez will be in attendance.
Evacuations: An evacuation order remains in effect for Thompson Ridge, Rancho de la Cueva and Elk Valley.
Smoke: Smoke from the Thompson Ridge Fire is evident in several communities. Communities in the region will be impacted by smoke from this fire and 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 and https://nmtracking.org/fire.
Road and Fire Area Closure: All points of entry to the Valles Caldera National Preserve are closed to public access due to fire activity. The Fenton Lake State Park is also closed to the public.
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 these areas.
For more information regarding the fire please visit www.inciweb.org or follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ThompsonRdgFire . Additional photos and information are available at www.facebook.com/ThompsonRdgFire and www.flickr.com/ThompsonRdgFire.