News Update 6/10 Am
Incident: Thompson Ridge Fire Wildfire
Acres: 21,089 Start date: May 31, 2013
Cause: Downed powerline Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve, NM
Containment: 40 percent Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine
Terrain: Steep, rugged Resources: 21 crews, 49 engines, 31 water tenders, 4 dozers
Total personnel: 1,014 Available air support: 3 air tankers, 6 helicopters
Following a full day of preparations on the ground and continuous attack from the air with heavy helicopters, firefighters were prepared to go on the offensive.
Firefighters worked through the night taking advantage of the favorable window of opportunity. The night shift crews conducted an aggressive direct attack on the fire on southeastern side at South Mountain. Their calculated risk paid off, and the forward progress of the fire has been stopped.
With the southeastern fire perimeters being held at nearly a mile from Highway 4, fire officials have reopened NM Highway 4. As a safety reminder, all are advised to take extra caution in the area due to the continued heavy volume of fire related traffic.
For more information regarding the fire, please visit www.inciweb.org or follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ThompsonRdgFire . Additional photos and information are available at www.facebook.com/ThompsonRdgFire and www.flickr.com/ThompsonRdgFire.