News Update 6/17 Am
Incident: Thompson Ridge Fire Wildfire
Acres: 23,903 Start date: May 31, 2013
Cause: Downed powerline Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve, NM
Containment: 80 percent Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine
Terrain: Steep, rugged Resources: 7 crews, 12 engines, 12 water tenders, 2 dozers
Total personnel: 526 Available air support: 3 helicopters
Summary: For the third consecutive day fire activity was restricted to unburned fuels within the interior where a total of four acres have burned since Friday. Minimal fire activity is expected today as crews continue rehab, mop up and patrol of the perimeter. The Arizona Central West Zone Incident Management Team will be joined on the line by members of the Albuquerque Zone Type III Incident Management Team who will assume management of the fire at 6:00 am Tuesday.
The fire will continue to smolder through the interior where unburned fuels remain. Interior fire potential will increase Wednesday and Thursday with increasing temperatures and drying southwest winds.
Rehabilitation of fire damage will be addressed by the Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team. Specialists of different disciplines will work with the various agencies and pueblos affected by the fire to assess damage and recommend actions. Further information about BAER and the three phases of rehabilitation are noted in their attached news release. The BAER information number is (707) 853-4243.
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.
There are three phases of rehabilitation following wildfires on federal lands:
Fire Suppression Repair
Emergency Stabilization-Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER)
Long-Term Recovery and Restoration
• Fire Suppression Repair is a series of immediate post-fire actions taken to
repair damages and minimize potential soil erosion and impacts resulting
from fire suppression activities and usually begins before the fire is contained,
and before the demobilization of an Incident Management Team. This work
repairs the hand and dozer fire lines, roads, trails, staging areas, safety
zones, and drop points used during fire suppression efforts.
• Emergency Stabilization-Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) is a
rapid assessment of burned watersheds by a BAER team to identify and
reduce unacceptable post-fire threats, and implement emergency stabilization
actions before the first major storms. The fire results in a loss of vegetation,
exposure of the soil to erosion and increased water runoff that may lead to
flooding and increased sediment and debris flows. BAER actions such as: the
installation of erosion and run-off water control devices; temporary barriers to
protect recovering areas; and warning signs may be implemented. BAER
work may also replace safety related facilities; remove safety hazards;
prevent permanent loss of habitat for threatened and endangered species;
and prevent the spread of noxious weeds.
• Long-Term Recovery and Restoration utilizes non-emergency actions that
are done within three years or more after fire containment to improve firedamaged
lands that are unlikely to recover naturally and to repair or replace
facilities damaged by the fire that are not critical to life and safety. This phase
may include restoring burned habitat, reforestation, other planting or seeding,
monitoring fire effects, replacing burned fences, interpreting cultural sites,
treating noxious weed infestations, and installing interpretive signs.
Thompson Ridge post-fire response information is available at