Las Conchas BAER Implementation Update 08-02-11
Santa Fe National ForestLas Conchas FireBurned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Implementation-BAER Treatment Information-http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2406/Wednesday, August 3, 2011 The Las Conchas.. more
Date Started: June 26, 2011
Size: 156,593 acres
Percent Contained: 100%
Total Personnel: 126
Resources: 2 Helicopters;
6 Engines; 2 Water Tenders; 0 Dozers
Residences: 63 destroyed
Outbuildings: 49 destroyed; 2 damaged
Injuries to Date: 15
On Santa Fe National Forest in Sandoval, Los Alamos, and Rio Arriba Counties; Santa Clara Pueblo; Jemez Pueblo; Cochiti Pueblo; Santo Domingo Pueblo; Bandelier National Monument; Valles Caldera National Preserve; and state and private in-holdings.
The Las Conchas Fire is contained and is in patrol and mop-up status. Effective 6 am, Wednesday, August 3, the National Incident Management Team (NIMO) will transfer management of the Las Conchas fire to local resources. Ongoing BAER treament projects will continue, utilizing treatments to help stabilize soil, control water, sediment and debris movement; prevent impairment of ecosystems; and mitigate significant threats to health, safety, life, property and downstream values at risk.
Safety and Health:
Flash floods on and near burn scars can be life threatening. Monitor forecasts and prepare to take action or evacuate should flash flood warnings be issued. Thunderstorms can form, and subsequently produce lightning and heavy rainfall within 30 minutes.
For flash flooding and evacuation information call:
New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management at 505-476-9600, or http://www.nmdhsem.org/.
Rio Arriba County Office of Emergency Management: 505-747-1941
Los Alamos County Office of Emergency Management: 505-663-3511
Sandoval County Office of Emergency Management: 505-867-0245
For information on burned area emergency response on Pueblo land call 208-559-1187.
Closures and Restrictions:
Santa Fe National Forest officials are evaluating the hazards and risks on those forest roads accessing private property within the burned area to determine which roads may be opened and when. That risk and safety assessment is currently underway and may be completed within the next several days.
Forest Road 266 is closed at Tent Rocks.
Forest Road 268 is closed north of Cochiti Lake.
Santa Fe National Forest - Most closures have been lifted, except for the Las Conchas and Pacheco Fire areas. Some fire restrictions remain in place, however. Call (505)438-5320 for additional Forest closure information, or visit http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/sfe/.
US Army Corps of Engineers facilities at Cochiti Lake are closed, tentatively reopening on August 17 (please call ahead).
The Valles Caldera National Preserve reopened under Stage 1 fire restrictions on July 30.
The Bureau of Land Management Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is closed.
Bandelier National Monument - portions of the Monument reopened July 15. Areas that are open include: Tsankawi Section off of NM State Highway 4, east of Los Alamos - Off-trail travel is prohibited due to fire restrictions. No entrance fees will be collected at Tsankawi at this time. Juniper Campground and Amphitheater. Interpretive programs will be conducted at the amphitheater on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 8:30 p.m. Campfires are currently prohibited due to fire restrictions. The Trail at the Tsankawi Section, Burnt Mesa Trail, and Tyuonyi Overlook Trail are open. The remainder of Bandelier National Monument is closed. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/band
For concerns related to structures within the burned area of Sandoval County, property owners should call the county office at 505-867-0245 or contact David Bervin via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information on highway conditions, call the New Mexico Department of Transportation Road Advisory Hotline: 800-432-4269, or visit http://nmroads.com/.
For additional closure information, contact the appropriate agency or go to www.inciweb.org/incident/2385.
|Date of Origin||Sunday June 26th, 2011 approx. 01:00 PM|
|Location||Approximately 12 miles southwest of Los Alamos off NM 4 at mile marker 35|
|Incident Commander||Dan Kleinman|
10 Timber (litter and understory) FM8 and FM10
Minimal fire behavior reported yesterday.
Assessment of cultural sites and protective measures on cultural sites continued. Fire suppression resources continue to rehabilitate fire lines and suppression related damage.
Fire suppression,rehabilitation, mopup, and patrol continues in Branches 1 and 4. Assessment by archeologists of cultural sites for BAER operations also continues today.
Low growth potential. Some portions of the northern perimeter of the fire will continue to smolder and creep around until significant moisture occurs across the fire area.
This will be the last report on this fire until the fire is declared controlled. Transition to the local agency is scheduled for August 3 at 0600.