Tres Lagunas Fire Update Monday, June 18, 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:15 miles N. of Pecos,NM
Resources Committed: 157 personnel
Summary: The Northern New Mexico Type III Incident Management Team of firefighters and engines are remaining on scene to combat active flames that are within the center of the Tres Lagunas fire. Two divisions are confirming whether last night’s rain reached the heat zones and are otherwise extinguishing burning woody vegetation. The resources remain on point to protect property. Heavy equipment is being used to remove hazardous trees. The crews continue to be vigilant about the steep terrain, rolling rocks, potential flash floods, and a drying trend this week. The containment remains at 90 percent.
Today’s Weather: Wind gusts are forecasted to increase and be erratic with a 30% chance of precipitation and thunderstorms. A severe fire weather watch has been forecasted for Wednesday with decreasing humidity and increasing wind speeds. Conditions will rapidly dry the rest of the week.
Transition: Once the weather permits, the Type III Incident Management Team is scheduled to turn the fire management to the local jurisdiction of the Santa Fe National Forest-Pecos Ranger District. At that time, the public is advised to contact the district for more information.
Highway 63 at mile marker 14, nine miles north of the intersection NM50 and NM63. Highway 63 is open for resident’s access only.
The public is reminded that the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District, including the Pecos Wilderness, is closed, due to extreme fire danger. No picnicking or camping.
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.
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
Post Response: For further information on the Tres Lagunas Post-Fire Response, please visit Inciweb at: www.inciweb.nwcg.gov or call (505) 670-6072.