Forest Service and Pecos Community Work Together on Post-Fire Efforts
Incident: Tres Lagunas Post-Fire Response Burned Area Emergency Response
PECOS, NM – Rehabilitation of the Tres Lagunas burn area continues Saturday within the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest.
The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) implementation team has installed warning signs along Forest Service roads advising the public of potential dangers that include flooding, rolling rocks, and falling trees. Soon, the team will remove hazardous trees and debris from streams to protect the public. Meanwhile, the BAER is soliciting bids (FedBiz at: https://www.fbo.gov/) for aerial seeding and mulching aimed at potential soil stabilization. Already, 3,000 pounds of seed and straw mulching was applied by firefighters during suppression. The BAER team has also identified locations for debris removal within the Holy Ghost canyon, and will award contracts early next week for this work.
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. Recreation/day use areas along the Pecos River, including: Windy Bridge, Field Tract, Holy Ghost campground, and Lower and Upper Dalton are closed. As the BAER team continues to implement the on-the-ground rehabilitation tasks, additional closures may be necessary. Day use area toilets will be pumped to eliminate potential overflows.
While rainfall assists in firefighting efforts, it could also result in potential flooding. Rainfall events, or the decrease of fires, do not equate to a forest reopening unless all conditions are safe. Firefighter and public safety – both during the fire and post-fire rainfall – remains the highest priority.
Actions are based on a BAER Assessment Report that may be reviewed at: InciWeb at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/3427. The Santa Fe National Forest received funding for efforts within its jurisdiction on July 2, 2013, while area cooperators are also working to assist private landowners in preparing for increased rain runoff and potential flooding.
For Forest Service Tres Lagunas BAER information, call: (505) 670-6072.