Jaroso Fire Update June 29, 2013
Incident: Jaroso Fire Wildfire
WILDLAND FIRE MANAGEMENT TEAM
Fire Information: 505-438-5446
For Immediate Release June 29, 2013, 8 a.m.
Date Reported: 06/10/2013
Number of Personnel: 169
Location: Espanola and Pecos-Las Vegas Ranger Districts within the Pecos Wilderness
Equipment: 5 engines
Crews: 1 Type 1, 2 Type 2
Aircraft: 3 helicopters
Size: 11,122 acres based on Infrared flight
Injuries to Date: None
Percent Contained: 0%
- The Jaroso Fire is burning in the rugged, steep, deep canyons of the Pecos Wilderness. It is burning in mixed-conifer, heavy dead and down, woody material with pockets of bug-killed trees, and has burned through the 1300-acres of blowdown from 2007.
- On roads open to the public in the vicinity of burned areas, the public is asked to use extra caution when traveling these roads. Be aware of fire vehicles traffic in those areas.
- Monsoon season often brings heavy rain. Residents in the vicinity of burned areas should remain alert to possible flooding.
Today’s Significant Events:
Today's activity: Line construction in Panchuela Creek north of Jacks Creek Campground continues as well as clearing roads from Panchuela Campground to Cowles Road.
Fire personnel, including Pecos Canyon Fire Department, will continue assessing private lands and structures on the south flank of the fire in the Pecos River Corridor and the east side of the fire in the Las Vegas area.
Ongoing assessment, monitoring and trail prep will take place east and west of the Jacks Creek Campground.
Firefighter, aviator and public safety remain a priority on the Jaroso fire. Despite many challenges, ongoing progress has been made in areas considered to be safe for conducting fire operations.
“High, Hot and Heavy” is a term used by air tanker and helicopter pilots to described high altitude flights over wildfires. Heavy retardant and water loads impede lift (gaining of altitude) and maneuverability. Thin air, squirrely and erratic winds, weather conditions and decreased visibility caused by smoke add to the challenges in navigating high altitude wildfires.
Today’s Weather: Temperatures in the vicinity of the fire will reach 80 degrees with humidity around 30 percent. West northwest winds will be prevalent today. Gusty and erratic winds may accompany thunderstorm activity. There is a 60 percent chance of rain today. Cooler temperatures, high humidity and cloud cover will assist in reducing fire activity.
Areas of concern: Those properties located south and east of the fire. Values at risk south of the fire include: Jack’s Creek Campground, Iron Gate Campground, Panchuela Campground and structures in Grass Mountain, Pecos Canyon Estates, Winsor, Cowles and the Panchuela area. Values at risk east of the fire include: an electronic site, and numerous structures in, Maestas Canyon, Pendaries, Upper and Lower Rociada, Gascon, Camp Davis and structures along State Road 276 and Forest Service Road 60.
Although no evacuations have been ordered at this time, residents living in communities south and east of the Jaroso Fire need to be prepared should evacuations be required. To ensure smooth and orderly evacuations, residents should
have a go-kit ready. A complete checklist of things residents should consider bringing with them on an evacuation is available online at: http://www.fireadapted.org/role/residents-and-homeowners.aspx.
Smoke: The most significant smoke impacts from the Jaroso fire will be in the communities down-drainage of the fires tomorrow morning. For a detailed smoke forecast visit: http://gacc.nifc.gov/swcc/predictive/outlooks/smoke/swcc_smoke_outlook.pdf. For information on wildland fire smoke and your health visit: https://nmtracking.org/en/environ_exposure/fire-and-smoke/.
Santa Fe National Forest Fire Restrictions and Closures: Due to extreme fire danger and current active fires, the entire Santa Fe National Forest is closed to the public, with the exception of the Rio Chama Scenic River corridor and the Valles Caldera staging area. The entire Pecos Wilderness including access from the Carson NF (Santa Barbara area) is closed to public entry for the protection of human health and safety. For additional restriction and closure information, please visit: www.firerestrictions.us/nm or http://www.fs.usda.gov/santafe/