News Update 6/10 Pm
Incident: Thompson Ridge Fire Wildfire
Acres: 21,089 Start date: May 31, 2013
Cause: Downed powerline Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve, NM
Containment: 50 percent Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine
Terrain: Steep, rugged Resources: 20 crews, 49 engines, 32 water tenders, 5 dozers
Total personnel: 1,003 Available air support: 3 air tankers, 6 helicopters
Today, firefighters continued an aggressive direct attack on the southeastern side of South Mountain to complete the final leg of the southeastern perimeter of the mountain.
The fire became very active within the perimeter during the afternoon and produced four large plumes. Firefighters patrolled the northern perimeter seeking any hotspots near the line but found none. Night crews will continue to patrol and mop up.
NM Highway 4 was reopened to traffic at 8:00 am. Forest Service Road 105 and Winter Road reopened this afternoon to allow evacuees back into Thompson Ridge, Rancho de la Cueva and Elk Valley . The pre-evacuation notice for Bennett Subdivision remains in effect. As a safety reminder, all are advised to take extra caution in the area due to the continued heavy volume of fire related traffic.
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.
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.