News Update 6/14 Am
Incident: Thompson Ridge Fire Wildfire
Acres: 24,032 Start date: May 31, 2013
Cause: Downed powerline Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve, NM
Containment: 75 percent Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine
Terrain: Steep, rugged Resources: 15 crews, 35 engines, 29 water tenders, 5 dozers
Total personnel: 833 Available air support: 3 air tankers, 4 helicopters
Summary: Fire activity last night was minimal, allowing firefighters to address hotspots, patrol the perimeter of the fire, and mop-up further into the interior. Cleanup efforts will begin today with the removal of hoses, cutting of snags, and chipping of felled trees. Suppression rehabilitation efforts will also begin around South Mountain as we mitigate the impact of firefighter efforts to stop the fire.
Portions of the Highway 4 will be reduced to one lane today for chipping and removal of vegetation that was cut to prepare the contingency line along that roadway.
Evacuation: The pre-evacuation advisory of the Bennett Subdivision remains in effect.
Open and active: Communities in and around the Santa Fe National Forest remain open and accessible including Jemez Springs, Jemez Pueblo, Santa Clara Pueblo, Los Alamos and Bandelier National Monument. Camping, hiking and other recreational opportunities are available in these areas.
Closures: 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.
Please note the change in phone hours listed above.
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.