Thompson Ridge Fire Update 6.22.2013
Incident: Thompson Ridge Fire Wildfire
Thompson Ridge Fire News Release
June 22, 2013 9:30 a.m.
Fire Information: (541) 787-4342
8:00 am to 9:00 pm
Acres: 23,919 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: 3 crews, 6 engines, 4 water tenders, 2 dozers
Total personnel: 174 Available air support: 3 helicopters
Summary: A change of 16 acres can be noted in today’s update. This change is due to both better mapping and more active fire behavior within the previously unburned sections on Redondo Peak. Yesterday’s fire behavior was active. More torching and short fire runs were observed within the interior of the fire. The type 1 heavy helicopter was used throughout the day to cool some of these areas. Twenty two (22) new heat sources were detected within what is being referred to as the “donut hole” of the fire. With the predicted weather for the next 3 days to remain similar to what we’ve experienced the last 3 days, fire operations personnel have made the decision to conduct a burnout operation to prevent the fire from building a head of steam on its own and burning up to the summit of Redondo Peak. This operation is scheduled to begin sometime Sunday afternoon and continue through Monday. Heavy smoke is anticipated with large plumes expected to build and be very visible. Fire officials from the team as well as the Valles Caldera and Santa Fe National Forest and are in agreement that closing this hole is the best option to minimize the threat to Redondo Peak.
A public information meeting will be held tonight at 5pm at the La Cueva Fire Station #52 at Sierra Los Pinos. The purpose of the meeting is to provide information on the fire, what to expect during the burnout and reasoning for the burnout.
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 through the weekend.
Openings: The main entrance to the Valles Caldera National Preserve is open from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm. The public can drive to the Valle Grande Staging Area where they can visit the gift shop or view elk and other wildlife in the area. All other areas of the Valles Caldera will remain closed.
Closures: The Fenton Lake State Park will remain closed to the public until further notice. The Santa Fe National Forest will be going into closure beginning Monday, June 24 at 8am. The exceptions to this closure are the Rio Chama Scenic River which will remain open to the public under fire restrictions and the Valle Grande staging area of the Valles Caldera.
For more information regarding the fire, please visit www.inciweb.org or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ThompsonRdgFire . Additional photos and information are available at www.facebook.com/ThompsonRdgFire and www.flickr.com/ThompsonRdgFire. Also find smoke information at http://www.nmenv.state.nm.us/aqb and https://nmtracking.org/fire.