Monday, June 3, 2013, 9:00 PM
Incident: Tres Lagunas Fire Wildfire
TRES LAGUNAS FIRE UPDATE
Monday, June 3, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Fire Information: 505-757-2952 Media Contact: 505-757-2907
Information for this fire, including maps, can be found at: inciweb.org/incident/3401
Acres: 8,500 Start Date: May 30, 2013
Cause: downed power line Location: 10 miles North of Pecos, NM
Containment: 7% Fuels: Timber
Total personnel: 600 Terrain: steep, rugged
PUBLIC MEETING TOMORROW NIGHT: 6 p.m. at the Pecos High School and
Luna Community College, Allied House Nursing Building in Las Vegas
Today’s Summary: On the west flank crews built direct line from Indian Creek road north to the ridgeline above Holy Ghost Canyon. A four to five acre spot fire became established on the east side of Holy Ghost Canyon on top of the ridgeline and structure protection was implemented. The crews withdrew for a short time due to extreme fire behavior, and then reengaged. Crews will be working throughout the night executing structure protection in Holy Ghost Canyon. Dozer lines continued to be constructed on the north side of the fire using Forest Road 646 as an indirect fireline. Crews performed structure protection in Cow Creek and Viveash Ranch. Crews completed direct fireline from Viveash ranch to Hwy 63. Engines will be patrolling the area through the night. Air support was provided by three helicopters at different locations on the fire. A total of 44,000 gallons of retardant was dropped on the fire today.
Tomorrow’s Actions: Crews will continue to build direct fire line along the west flank from Indian Creek towards Holy Ghost. On the north, crews will continue to build fire line to the east utilizing the Forest Road 646 where possible. Crews will continue to construct line in the northeast portion of the fire to tie into Forest Road 92 in the southeast corner. Where lines have been completed, firefighters will work to hold these lines through tomorrow’s predicted dry, warm and windy conditions. To date, no structures have been burned. The status of evacuations has not changed. The evacuation area is being assessed daily to determine when it is appropriate for evacuees to return to their property. Evacuees needing assistance with food purchases may contact American Red Cross @ (505)265-8514.
Tomorrow’s Weather: Drier weather is expected later tonight, which will cause smoke to settle into the lower lying areas. Winds are expected to be light at 10 to 15 mph from the west to southwest with some gusts as high as 28 mph on the ridges.
Structures/threats: Residences along Highway 63 north of Dalton Canyon day use area are threatened. Evacuations: 144 structures 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. Six trailheads: Jacks Creek, Iron Gate, Panchuela, Geronimo, Cowles, Holy Ghost Voluntary evacuations have been issued for Cow Creek area residents The San Miguel Sheriff’s Posse – Pecos Rodeo grounds has been set up for pets and livestock.
Road Closures: State Highway 63 beginning at mile marker 12, north toward Jacks Creek Campgrounds and Forest Road 92 two miles north of the Bull Creek road. For specific information go to the Santa Fe National Forest Web site at www.fs.usda.gov/santafe/
Emergency Closure: A closure has been issued for the entire Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District effective today.
Smoke: Smoke will create hazy conditions throughout tomorrow. Information on wildland fire smoke and your health can be found on the New Mexico Department of Health's website at https://nmtracking.org/fire.