Thompson Fire Update 6.18.13
Incident: Thompson Ridge Fire Wildfire
Thompson Ridge Fire News Release
June 18, 2013 8:30 a.m.
Fire Information: (541) 787-4342
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Acres: 23,903 Start date: May 31, 2013
Cause: Downed power line Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve, NM
Containment: 90 percent Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine
Terrain: Steep, rugged Resources: 2 crews, 5 engines, 6 water tenders, 2 dozers
Total personnel: 339 Available air support: 3 helicopters
Summary: The Arizona Central West Zone Incident Management Team completed a seamless transition of the fire to the Albuquerque Zone Type III Incident Management Team at 6:00 am.
Central West Team dispatched 1092 firefighters and support personnel to fight the fire when it was at its peak.
Air operations recorded 335 hours of flight time during which more than 380,000 gallons of water and 80,000 gallons of retardant were dropped. A team from the New Mexico National Guard took the better part of two days to reel in the 41 miles of fire hose that wound its way through the landscape.
For the fourth 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 while crews continue rehab and patrol of the perimeter. A weather change tomorrow is expected to bring an increase in winds and drier weather which may increase fire activity within the interior.
The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team will continue fire damage assessments and present its findings at a public meeting Thursday, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm at the Valles Caldera Science and Education Center in Jemez Springs. For more information on BAER and directions to the meeting go to http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3430/ or call (707) 853-4243. Also for more information on how landowners can prepare for rain events see the attached BAER release or go to http://ow.ly/m97r3.
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.
See Thompson Ridge Post-Fire Response for BAER Information