News Update 6/11 Pm
Incident: Thompson Ridge Fire Wildfire
Acres: 21,900 Start date: May 31, 2013
Cause: Downed powerline Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve, NM
Containment: 50 percent Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine
Terrain: Steep, rugged Resources: 20 crews, 48 engines, 34 water tenders, 6 dozers
Total personnel: 991 Available air support: 3 air tankers, 6 helicopters
Once again, weather caused extreme fire behavior today. High winds and temperatures, coupled with single digit humidity, were the main reasons for the large 20,000 foot column. The column burned in an area approximately two miles northwest of Redondo Peak that was previously untouched by fire. Despite this intense behavior, the fire remained within the containment lines.
Seven hotshot crews continued an aggressive direct attack on the southeastern side of South Mountain and completed handline around the mountain. Additionally, firefighters patrolled, mopped up, rehabbed, and sought out hot spots along the perimeter. The southeastern edge of the fire is backing slowly down towards Valles Caldera Road 02, cleaning out understory and hazardous fuels.
All points of entry to the Valles Caldera National Preserve are closed to public access due to fire activity. The Fenton Lake State Park is also closed to the public.
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.