Tres Lagunas Fire Update Sunday, June 9, 2013, 9 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
Start Date: May 30, 2013
Containment: 45% Location: 10 miles North of Pecos, NM
Total personnel: 1,014
Terrain: steep, rugged
Today’s Actions: There will be a strong emphasis on mop up along established containment lines today. Mop up entails detailed inspection of fire lines to be sure the ground is cold and fire perimeter is secure. Firefighters will continue installing pumps and hose to make water available for the mop up. Firefighters will be working to secure lines on ridges and steep slopes and on the east, northeast, and southeast areas of the fire. Pumps and hoses remain in Holy Ghost Canyon. Electricity has been restored to all evacuated areas except for Holy Ghost Canyon. Evacuations will be lifted when the area is safe from potential threats to the communities currently evacuated north of Windy Bridge. As the incident begins to wind down, unnecessary resources and equipment are being demobilized.
The road block on Highway 63 is located at the Windy Bridge Day Use area at approximately mile marker 15.5. The road south of Windy Bridge is open. Due to heavy fire traffic, please avoid driving on the highway before 8:00 a.m. and after 5:00 p.m. 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: A weak cold front will move into the area from the east today bringing a small amount of moisture with it. There could be thunderstorms this afternoon, but the amount of rain will be limited. The slight increase in moisture will reduce maximum temperatures from yesterday but it will still be about 5 degrees above normal. Temperatures will range from 74 to 83 degrees depending on the altitude. Minimum relative humidity will range from mid-teens to mid-20s. Winds will vary from 6 to 12 mph with gusts of 15 to 17 mph.Smoke: Smoke has been minimal for the last few days and that should continue tomorrow. For information about the health effects of smoke, including action individuals can take to protect themselves, please visit www.nmtracking.org/fire.
Be Bear Aware: There have been bear sightings reported by firefighters in the area. With area residents returning to their property after a week of power outages, New Mexico Game and Fish advises to be sure not to leave food or garbage of any kind where bears can get to it. Bears that become habituated to human food and garbage are often relocated and frequently don’t survive. Bears are hungry and travelling widely at this time of year. The fire has aggravated the situation. Please be observant and cautious around all wildlife. For more information contact www.bebearaware.org