Thompson Ridge Fire Update 6.23.2013
Incident: Thompson Ridge Fire Wildfire
Thompson Ridge Fire News Release
June 23, 2013 9:30 a.m.
Fire Information: (541) 787-4342
8:00 am to 9:00 pm
Acres: 23,937 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, 5 water tenders, 1 dozers
Total personnel: 170 Available air support: 3 helicopters
Summary: Acreage on the Thompson Ridge Fire increased by 18 acres according to last night’s infra-red flight. The outside fire perimeter has not changed; the growth noted was within the area referred to as the “donut hole” around Redondo Peak. Fire operations officials have decided against the idea of a burnout operation in this area. After inserting crews atop the Redondo peak area yesterday, crews on the ground feel that direct attack on the hot spots close to the peak are a better alternative. Yesterday’s fire behavior remained active and was verified by infrared last night with an increase of hot spots detected; however, all hot spots remain inside the fire perimeter. Torching and short fire runs continued but posed no significant threats to holding lines or Redondo Peak. The type 1 heavy helicopter was used to cool some of these areas yesterday, but is expected to be more limited in the number of drops today.
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 and the Valles Calera will remain under closure. The exceptions to these closures 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.