Tres Lagunas Fire Update - Friday, June 7, 2013, 8 AM
Incident: Tres Lagunas Fire Wildfire
Fire Information: 505-757-2952 Media Contact: 505-757-2907
Information for this fire, including maps and photos, can be found at: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3401
Cause: downed power line
Start Date: May 30, 2013
Location: 10 miles North of Pecos, NM
Total personnel: 973
Terrain: steep, rugged
NO PUBLIC MEETING TONIGHT
Today’s Actions: Today crews will take advantage of increased atmospheric moisture over the fire. Direct fire and bulldozer lines will be constructed to tie in remaining active fire areas which include the Northwest corner of the Holy Ghost Canyon. Mop up will take place in the North, South and Southeast areas. The small spot fire north of Holy Ghost canyon was completely lined yesterday and will be mopped up today. Firefighters completed a partial fireline around the larger spot fire in Holy Ghost and expect to finish it today. Crews continue to build direct fireline around the cluster of spot fires on the east side of the fire.
The road block on Highway 63 is located at the Windy Bridge Day Use area at approximately mile marker 15.5. Individuals residing south of Windy Bridge have been allowed to return back to this area. Due to heavy fire traffic, please avoid driving on the highway before 8:00 a.m. and after 5:00 p.m. Returning residents are urged to drive slowly and use extreme caution. Areas north of Windy Bridge remain under evacuation. Forest Road 92 two miles north of the Bull Creek road remains closed.
Today’s weather: 30% chance of rain over the fire. Relative Humidity 18-25%, Winds Southeast 8-12 mph in the morning changing to the Southwest in the afternoon gusting up to 20-25 mph.
Smoke: The most significant smoke impacts from the Thompson Ridge and Tres Lagunas fires will be in the communities of 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. During these conditions, sensitive groups such as people with heart and/or lung disease, adults over age 65, young children, and pregnant women should avoid all outdoor activities. Everyone else should minimize outdoor activities. With higher humidities over the next couple days, smoke production is expected to be reduced over both fires as fire behavior and growth is reduced. However, with significant thunderstorm activity predicted in the areas near both fires, potential impacts could occur in communities near each fire as storm activity pushes smoke in unpredictable directions. 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.