Tres Lagunas Fire Upate Sunday. June 16, 2013 9 AM
Incident: Tres Lagunas Fire Wildfire
Start Date: 5/30/13 Size: 10,219 acres Cause: Human Fuels: Timber Terrain: Steep/Rugged Containment: 90% Location:10 miles N. of Pecos,NM
Resources Committed: 309 personnel
Today’s Weather: Wind gusts up to 20 mph returning on Sunday with a 20% chance of isolated showers. Tuesday through Friday is forecast to be very dry.
NOTE: Everyone near 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. Flash flooding may occur quickly during heavy rain events. Current weather and emergency notifications can be found at the National Weather Service, Albuquerque Office: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/abq/
Summary: Three divisions continue to mop up around the fire containment line with rehabilitation on-going. Mop up includes: extinguishing, or removing burning material near containment lines, clearing smoldering branches, and trenching logs to prevent rolling after an area has burned. Firefighters will continue to improve the existing fireline and build additional direct fireline on ridges and steep slopes on the east, northeast, and southeast areas of the fire. Some resources and equipment are gradually being demobilized; however, resources are remaining flexible due to weather forecast of windy and drier conditions. Electricity has been restored to all evacuated areas including the Holy Ghost area. Century Link continues to repair phone lines in the area.
Highway 63 at Windy Bridge Day Use Area is open for residents only.
The public is reminded that the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District, including the Pecos Wilderness, is closed due to extreme fire danger.
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.
Forest Service Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team specialists will spend their last day in the in the burn area assessing fire effects and potential for further damage in the event of heavy rains. A team of silviculturalists and soil scientists will be assessing Soldier Canyon today. BAER Information: For further information on the Tres Lagunas Post-Fire Response, please visit Inciweb at: www.inciweb.nwcg.gov or call (505) 670-6072.
Fire information: 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