News Update 6/14 Pm
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: 13 crews, 29 engines, 29 water tenders, 3 dozers
Total personnel: 763 Available air support: 5 helicopters
Summary: Very minimal fire activity was observed from the air and the ground today due to higher humidity, some rain on the northeast side of the fire, and cloudy skies overall. Firefighters continue to address hotspots on the south flank of the fire, patrol the perimeter of the fire, and mop-up further into the interior. Cleanup efforts began today with the removal of hoses, chipping of felled trees and cutting of snags.
Both lanes of Highway 4 are back open as the chipping and removal of vegetation is complete. The pre-evacuation advisory of the Bennett Road subdivision has been lifted.
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.
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.
This will be the last evening update. We will continue to write a daily morning release.
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