Jaroso Fire Update July 3, 2013
Incident: Jaroso Fire Wildfire
WILDLAND FIRE MANAGEMENT TEAM
Fire Information: 505-438-5446
For Immediate Release July 3, 2013, 11 a.m.
Date Reported: 06/10/2013
Number of Personnel: 101
Location: Espanola and Pecos-Las Vegas Ranger Districts within the Pecos Wilderness
Equipment: 4 engines
Crews: 1 Type 1, 1 Type 2
Aircraft: 4 helicopters
Size: 11,141 acres based on Infrared flight
Injuries to Date: None
Percent Contained: 0%
At 3:00 PM today a stakeholders/cooperators meeting will be held in Santa Fe at the Bureau of Land Management Office, 301 Dinosaur Trail.
At 6:00 PM today a public meeting is scheduled at the Pecos High School Auditorium.
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.
The public is asked to use extra caution when traveling along NM 63 from Rowe towards the Pecos Canyon due to high vehicle traffic in those areas.
Monsoon season often brings heavy rain. Upper and lower Pecos Canyon residents should remain alert to possible flooding.
Firefighter, aviator and public safety remain a priority on the Jaroso fire.
Yesterday’s Significant Events:
Fire suppression rehabilitation was completed along the trail in Panchuela Creek and along the road corridor from Panchuela Creek Campground to Winsor Trailhead.
Resources continued to assess private lands and structures along the Pecos River corridor and along the east side of the fire in the Las Vegas area.
The process of releasing firefighting resources was started and will be ongoing.
Today's activity ongoing:
Fire personnel, including Pecos Canyon Fire Department continue to coordinate structure assessments along the Pecos River corridor and structures on the east side of the fire in the Walker Flats area.
Afternoon thunder storms over the fire would preclude us from using aviation resources today.
Little fire growth was observed yesterday and growth today should be minimal as well.
Significant heat and dry fuels remain a factor influencing fire behavior today in areas such as Horsethief Meadows.
The existing spot fires south of Horsethief Meadows should continue to be inactive due to rain, high humidity and the use of helicopter water drops.
All other areas of heat should be minimally active. Fire in the Pecos River remains inactive due to suppression efforts taken there. No impacts are expected in the Pecos River area today.
Heavy fuels on the interior of the fire will continue to burn out producing visible smoke.
Today’s Weather: Mostly cloudy. Rain showers and thunderstorms are likely. Thunderstorms could present problems throughout the day. Storms may be accompanied by thunder cells producing gusty and erratic winds – winds can turn up to 180 degrees and double in strength in just minutes. Expect slope, valley winds out of the southwest, becoming northerly at four to eight MPH. Ridgetop winds will be southwest at 11 MPH. Todays expected temperatures will be 67 to 74 degrees.
Areas of concern: Those properties located south and east of the fire. Valleys 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.
Evacuations: No evacuations have been ordered at this time. 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: Smoke has dissipated because of the higher humidity and cooler temperatures. 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/ .