Pacheco Fire Update
Incident: Pacheco Fire Wildfire
Pacheco Fire Update
July 2, 2011 6:00 p.m.
Fire Information: (505) 438-5321
7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Acres: 10,250 Start date: June 18, 2011
Cause: Under Investigation Location: 2 miles north of Santa Fe Ski Basin
Containment: 55 percent Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine
Terrain: Steep, rugged Resources: 5 crews, 9 engines, 6 water tenders, 1 dozer
Total personnel: 328 Available air support: 1 helicopter
Today's Activity: The firefighters working on the Pacheco Fire on the Espanola Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest completed rehabilitation of the control lines on the south, west and north sides of the fire. The equipment and materials used in the suppression of the fire was removed from those lines. No fire behavior was observed on the fire today. There is low potential for fire growth. A wetting rain fell on the fire area this afternoon.
The Arizona Central West Zone Incident Management Team will return responsibility for the suppression of the Pacheco Fire to the Santa Fe National Forest at 7:00 a.m., Sunday, July 3, 2011. The local Type 4 Team, Jamie Long Incident Commander, will continue management of the fire, rehabilitation and removal of resources as needed.
This will be the final update from the Arizona Central West Zone Incident Management Team on the Pacheco Fire. All further contacts for Pacheco Fire information should be directed to (505) 438-5321.
Cause: The Santa Fe National Forest is requesting that anyone having knowledge of or having been in the vicinity of the Pacheco Fire (north of Aspen Ranch by the Borrego Trail) between June 17 and June 18 please contact the Santa Fe National Forest at (505) 438-5372.
Smoke: No smoke was seen on the Pacheco Fire today, but smoke remains a concern in the area. The communities in the region will continue to be impacted by smoke as fires continue to burn. Smoke sensitive persons in these areas need to be alert to this possibility and be prepared to take any necessary precautions. For more smoke information and air quality forecasts, please visit the New Mexico Environment Department's website at http://www.nmenv.state.nm.us/aqb/WildfireSmokeResources.htm.
Other websites with useful information concerning smoke are:
Road and Fire Area Closure: New Mexico Route 475 is closed east of Ten Thousand Waves near the Hyde Park area at mile marker 5. New Mexico Route 592 is closed near Tesuque area and Forest Road 102. New Mexico Route 63 is closed in the Pecos Canyon at mile marker 12.
The Fire Area Closure for the Pacheco Fire remains in effect. Review it at: www.fs.fed.us/r3/sfe/conditions/index.html
Open and active: Communities around the Pacheco Fire remain open and accessible including Tesuque, Pojoaque, Nambe, Santa Fe, and Pecos.
Fire Restrictions: With the exception of sections of the Coyote Ranger District and the Cuba Ranger District, the lands of the Santa Fe National Forest are now closed to all public access. The detailed list of what is off limits (restricted) is now available. For that list please visit: http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/sfe/. Stage II restrictions are still in effect on National Forest System Land north of NM 96 and west of NM 550.
In addition, contiguous lands administered by New Mexico Department of Game and Fish and New Mexico State Parks are also under closure. Please visit http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/ and http://www.publiclands.org/firenews/NM.php for more information.