Jaroso Fire Update - June 12, 2013, 100 Pm
Incident: Jaroso Fire Wildfire
Fire Name: Jaroso Fire
Time/Date Reported: June 10, 2013 at 1:45 pm
Location: Espanola Ranger District within the Pecos Wilderness, approximately six miles southeast of Borrego
Mesa; 10-12,000 ft. elevation
Legal Description: T19N, R11E, Sec 1
Fuels: Fire is burning in mixed conifer, heavy dead and down fuels with pockets of bug-killed trees. The 1,300 acre blow down was caused from a “microburst” (an intense, localized downdraft of air that spreads on the ground, causing rapid changes in wind direction and speed; a localized downburst) that uprooted trees and created a very dense pile up of trees.
Size: Currently, the fire is being observed by air but the heavy smoke and intense heat has made it difficult to determine the true size of the fire. Fire officials continue to assess and refine the size of the fire and will share information when it becomes available.; the fire has been determined to be approximately 3538 acres per our evening infrared mapping flight.
% Contained: No containment at this time
Resources: Air attack resources continue to assess and monitor fire progression and fire behavior today. Ground resources are not being used today due to safety concerns regarding volatile fire behavior and concern for adequate safety zones and escape routes in the remote wilderness area. The Type 1 team, Tony Sciacca Incident Commander, arrived today and was briefed by forest fire officials and will begin overseeing the management of the fire tomorrow morning at 6 a.m.
Tomorrow’s Weather: Temperatures will continue to be high at 75-80 degrees with winds out of the southwest at 12-17 mph.
Structures/threats: No structures in Pecos Wilderness, no communities threatened at this time.
Road Closures: N/A
Summary: The fire produced “3” distinctive heads or flaming fronts yesterday and has the potential to burn in multiple directions. It has made runs towards the Rio Medio, Pecos Baldy and Trailriders Wall. Today, the fire spotted and pushed passed Pecos Baldy and is moving towards the east. There are no communities currently being threatened but places like Ojo Sarco, Trampas, Peñasco, and El Valle are approximately 8-10 air miles from the fires location.
This fire is plume-dominated due to the heavy fuel loading on the ground which creates extreme fire behavior and has the potential to generate its own weather. This could cause erratic winds, fire whirls and long range spotting.
The fire is burning within the Pecos Wilderness, which consists of 223,333 acres. The wilderness area has deep, narrow canyons, long and broad mesa tops, heavy forested slopes, and rugged ridges with peaks above the timberline. For more information on the Pecos Wilderness please visit:
With Father’s Day next weekend, the idea of getting out to the mountains to escape the hot weather sounds good, so before you go please make sure your favorite spot is not in fire restrictions by visiting www.firerestrictons.us/nm.