Tres Lagunas Fire June 5th Morning Update
Incident: Tres Lagunas Fire Wildfire
TRES LAGUNAS FIRE UPDATE
Wednesday, June 5, 2013, 8 a.m.
Fire Information: 505-757-2952 Media Contact: 505-757-2907
Information for this fire, including maps, can be found at: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3401
Acres: 9217 Cause: downed power line Start Date: May 30, 2013
Containment: 15% Location: 10 miles North of Pecos, NM Fuels: Timber
Total personnel: 757 Terrain: steep, rugged
PUBLIC MEETING TONIGHT: 6 p.m. at the Pecos High School
Important update: The Santa Fe National Forest Pecos Las Vegas Ranger District will be closed to all public entry beginning Wednesday June 5th at 8 AM. See the Santa Fe National Forest web site for particulars: http://www.fs.usda.gov/santafe/
At 9:30 a.m. today the road block on Highway 63 will be moved further north in the canyon to the El Macho Church at mile marker 14, as that area of the fire has been better secured. Residents in that area will be allowed to return to their property starting at 9:30 a.m. The entire evacuation area is being assessed daily to determine when it is appropriate for more evacuees to return to their property.
Today’s Actions: Crews will again be in Holy Ghost Canyon providing structure protection. Sprinklers utilizing creek water are being used to keep structures moist and raise humidity. Although fire is near some of the structures in the Holy Ghost Canyon no structures have burned. Spot fires in the Holy Ghost and Cow Creek drainages and other areas continue to be a concern. An additional spot fire was detected north of Holy Ghost canyon last night. Helicopters will be utilized to provide retardant on the new spot fire as well as other areas of the fire.
Photos taken of Holy Ghost Canyon, Indian Creek, Tres Lagunas and other areas of the fire have been posted to the Inciweb website and are available for download. Go to inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3401 and click on the photos link.
Crews today are improving bulldozer lines in several areas of the fire and working to secure the southern perimeter. Expect today and tomorrow to see an increase of smoke related to burnouts being conducted by fire crews improving lines prepared previously as weather and other conditions allow. This will specifically be the case east of Cow Creek within the fire scar of the old Viveash Fire of 2000. Downed logs and debris from that fire will contribute to the increase in smoke. This burnout operation will be key to clearing up unburned fuel in that area and providing more protection for the Gallinas Watershed keeping the fire spread west of Forest Road 92.
Today’s weather: Dry air to the west will be meeting more moist air from the east today over our area, creating fairly volatile weather with a chance of thunderstorms but cooler temperatures. Spot fires are still likely and thunderstorms with lightning are possible.
Smoke: The most significant smoke impacts from the Tres Lagunas and Thompson Ridge fires will be in the communities of Santa Fe, Pecos, Jemez Springs and La Cueva, this morning. Potentially unhealthy conditions (visibility of 1.5 to 2.75 miles or less) could occur in communities from active fire overnight and in the early morning. Other areas such as Las Vegas, Santa Fe and areas south of Santa Fe may experience periods of air quality which are unhealthy for sensitive groups (visibility of 3 to 5 miles), tomorrow morning. 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.