Las Conchas BAER Implementation Update 08-01-11
Incident: Las Conchas Wildfire
Santa Fe National Forest
Las Conchas Fire
Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Implementation
-BAER Treatment Information-
Monday, August 1, 2011
The Las Conchas fire is 99% contained. Suppression and fire rehabilitation activities on the Santa Fe National Forest, Valles Caldera National Preserve, Bandelier National Monument and Cochiti and Jemez Pueblos are near completion. Suppression of active fire in the Chicoma Mountain area is essentially complete. Patrol, mop up, chipping of brush and trees, and restoration of hand lines and dozer lines is still in progress within the burned area. Firefighting resources excess to our needs continue to be released. The BAER Implementation Team continues applying burned area emergency treatments in the Las Conchas fire area.
Road work continues today on FR 268 and 289. Along with blading and drainage enhancement, crews are felling trees along drainage channels to direct flow of runoff water. Hazard tree removal also continues along these roads. Culvert cleaning on VCR 2 in the Valles Caldera National Preserve may be completed today. Cultural assessments are still underway throughout the burned area.
A partial lifting of fire restrictions went into effect July 30 for the Santa Fe National Forest and the Valles Caldera National Preserve. However, the Las Conchas Fire burned area is closed to public access. Santa Fe National Forest officials are evaluating forest roads within the burned area to determine which roads may be reopened and when. For additional information about closures, visit the Santa Fe National Forest website at: http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/sfe/; or contact the Valles Caldera National Preserve at (866) 382-5537.
Additional BAER implementation treatment information is available on Inciweb at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2406/.