Tres Lagunas Fire Update
Incident: Tres Lagunas Fire Wildfire
TRES LAGUNAS FIRE UPDATE
Saturday, June 1, 2013, 9:30 a.m.
Fire Information: 505-757-6121 Media Contact: 505-503-5811
Acres: 5,300 Start Date: May 30, 2013
Cause: downed power line Location: 10 miles North of Pecos, NM
Containment: 0% Fuels: Timber
Total personnel: 340 Terrain: steep, rugged
PUBLIC MEETING TONIGHT: 6pm PECOS HIGH SCHOOL GYMNASIUM
As of 6:00 a.m. today, management of the Tres Lagunas Fire was turned over to the Type 2 New Mexico Incident Management Team with John Pierson as Incident Commander. An Incident Command Post is being established at the Pecos National Historical Park.
Summary: The predicted calmer winds should help crews today as they continue to work on establishing an anchor point on the west perimeter of the fire. The weather should also allow airtankers and helicopters to be utilized. The fire will remain active but is expected to be more terrain driven rather than wind driven as seen in the last few days. Crews continue to scout for areas where fireline can be constructed on the northeast and southeast sides of the fire. Resources continue to arrive to aid in suppression efforts.
Today’s Weather: Winds will be out of the south at 5 to10 mph possibly gusting to 20. Humidity will be very low and the Haines index will be at 6 indicating that the air mass will be unstable which could contribute to extreme fire behavior in some areas.
Structures/threats: Residences along Highway 63 north of Pecos are threatened.
Evacuations: 134 summer homes, 6-10 primary residences along Highway 63 beginning at El Macho church north toward Jacks Creek Campground.
Forest Service campgrounds: Jacks Creek, Iron Gate, Panchuela, Cowles, Holy Ghost, Links Tract, Field Tract, Davis Willow, Dalton, Lower Dalton
NM Game & Fish Campgrounds: Mora, Willow Creek, Bert Clancy, Terrero
6 trailheads: Jacks Creek, Iron Gate, Panchuela, Geronimo, Cowles, Holy Ghost
Voluntary evacuations have been issued for Cow Creek area residents. An evacuation center has been opened at the Pecos High School Gymnasium. The San Miguel Sheriff’s Posse – Pecos Rodeo grounds has been set up for pets and livestock.
Road Closures: Highway 63 beginning at mile marker 12, north toward Jacks Creek Campgrounds
Emergency Closure: An emergency fire closure has been issued for the fire area. For specific information please see the closure order and map that was attached with this update.
Fire Restrictions: Forest users are reminded that Stage 1 fire restrictions remain in place on the entire Santa Fe National Forest, the Valles Caldera National Preserve, all State owned lands and private, non-municipal, non-federal and non-tribal lands. The Santa Fe National Forest is considering moving to Stage 2 fire restrictions next week.
Smoke: With the southerly winds, smoke will be shifting to areas north and also east of the fire, affecting Las Vegas, I-25 and surrounding communities. Pecos Valley residents will experience dense smoke at night and in the mornings due to an inversion but it is expected to lift by mid-morning as temperatures rise. Information on wildland fire smoke and your health is on the NM Dept. of Health's website https://nmtracking.org/fire.