Tres Lagunas Fire Update Saturday, June 15, 2013 9 AM
Incident: Tres Lagunas Fire Wildfire
Start Date: May 30, 2013 Cause: Human Size: 10,219 acres
Location: 10 miles north of Pecos,NM Terrain: Steep/Rugged
Containment: 85% Fuels: Timber Resources Committed: 422
Expected temperatures for today will be in the mid 70’s with relative humidity in the twenties. Winds 10-12 mph with wind gusts up to 20 mph. Skies in the morning will be partly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of precipitation during the mid and late morning as well as this afternoon.
Mop up, and fire line rehabilitation will continue today along the firelines.. Mop up includes extinguishing or removing burning material near containment lines, felling snags, and trenching logs to prevent rolling after an area has burned. Firefighters will continue to improve existing fireline and build additional direct fireline on ridges and steep slopes on the east, northeast, and southeast areas of the fire. Resources and equipment are gradually being demobilized.
The road block on Highway 63 at Windy Bridge Day Use Area has been removed and the road is now open. The public is reminded that the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District is closed to public entry due to extreme fire danger including the entire Pecos Wilderness. The District closure pertains to all recreational uses (fishing, camping, hiking, etc.) including recreation resident leasees, or permittees on national forest land. For questions about the District closure, please call the Pecos Ranger District at 505-757-6121.
NM Game and Fish lands in the Pecos Canyon are closed to all recreational use.
Due to heavy fire traffic, residents returning to their homes should avoid driving on Highway 63 before 8:00 a.m. and after 5:00 p.m. Residents are urged to drive slowly and use extreme caution.
Electricity has been restored to all evacuated areas including the Holy Ghost area. Century Link continues to repair phone lines in the area.
Forest Service Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team specialists will be in the burn area today assessing fire effects and potential for further damage in the event of heavy rains in the fire area. Soil scientists are looking at the ability of the burned soils to absorb water, and hydrologists are looking at watershed conditions and runoff potential. Engineers are assessing roads and bridges. Biologists are looking at fire effects on wildlife and vegetation, as well as, impacts to endangered species. Residents and property owners around and downstream from the fire area should remain alert and stay updated on weather conditions that may result in heavy rains over the burn scar.
For further information on the Tres Lagunas Fire, call the Fire Information at 505-757-2952.Media contact number 505-757-2907. Maps and photos can be found at: www.inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3401