News Update 6/12 Am
Incident: Thompson Ridge Fire Wildfire
Acres: 22,852 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, 48 engines, 34 water tenders, 6 dozers
Total personnel: 991 Available air support: 3 air tankers, 6 helicopters
Last night crews experienced minimal fire behavior through the night. The majority of activity involved patrolling on the northeast edge of the fire and continued mop up operations south towards the Headquarters District. Crews continued mop up on the flanks of the spot fire on South Mountain checking for hot spots within the perimeter.
Today, firefighters will continue to patrol the perimeter and seek out hot spots within the interior. New hotspots may have appeared in the evening as the larger column collapsed and could potentially drop embers on previously cleared areas.
This morning’s briefing included a moment of silence for 28-year-old United States Forest Service Firefighter Luke Sheehy who was killed on June 10, 2013, on a wildland fire incident in the Modoc National Forest in California when a section of a falling tree fatally injured him. The personnel on the Thompson Ridge Fire were reminded that our primary objective is the safety of the public and the firefighters on this incident, and to remain focused on safety throughout the day.
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.