Thompson Ridge Fire Update 6.24.2013
Incident: Thompson Ridge Fire Wildfire
Thompson Ridge Fire News Release
June 24, 2013 8:00 a.m.
Fire Information: (541) 787-4342
8:00 am to 9:00 pm
Acres: 23,937 Start date: May 31, 2013
Cause: Downed power line Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve, NM
Containment: 90 percent Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine
Terrain: Steep, rugged Resources: 3 crews, 6 engines, 5 water tenders, 1 dozers
Total personnel: 170 Available air support: 3 helicopters
Summary: Acreage on the Thompson Ridge Fire did not increase according to last night’s infra-red flight. Active fire behavior yesterday was minimal with all burning taking place in the interior of the fire perimeter. The type 1 helicopter was not used yesterday. Today’s fire behavior is expected to be very similar to what was observed yesterday. A group has been spiked out atop Redondo Peak where they are mopping up hotspots. It was decided that this would be a better alternative than a burnout and worked well yesterday. This group will spike out 1 more night and continue their work through tomorrow afternoon.
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.
Openings: The main entrance to the Valles Caldera National Preserve is open from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm. The public can drive to the Valle Grande Staging Area where they can visit the gift shop or view elk and other wildlife in the area. All other areas of the Valles Caldera will remain closed.
Closures: The Fenton Lake State Park will remain closed to the public until further notice. The Santa Fe National Forest and the Valles Calera are under closure. The exceptions to these closures are the Rio Chama Scenic River which will remain open to the public under fire restrictions and the Valle Grande staging area of the Valles Caldera.
For more information regarding the fire, please visit www.inciweb.org or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ThompsonRdgFire . Additional photos and information are available at www.facebook.com/ThompsonRdgFire and www.flickr.com/ThompsonRdgFire. Also find smoke information at http://www.nmenv.state.nm.us/aqb and https://nmtracking.org/fire.