Jaroso Fire Update - June 11, 2013, 9 PM
Incident: Jaroso Fire Wildfire
Time/Date Reported: June 10, 2013 at 1:45 p.m.
Location: Espanola Ranger District within the Pecos Wilderness, approximately six miles southeast of Borrego Mesa; 10,000 ft. elevation
Legal Description: T19N, R11E, Sec 1
Fuels: Fire is burning in mixed conifer, heavy dead and down fuels with pockets of bug-killed trees. It is burning in a 1300-acre area of downed timber caused by a wind event six years ago.
Size: Estimated 6,000 acres—a more accurate size will become available following the infrared mapping flight later tonight.
% Contained: No containment at this time
Resources: Air attack resources were used to assess and monitor fire progression and fire behavior today. Ground resources were not used today due to continued unsafe conditions—volatile fire behavior and no adequate escape routes or safety zones for firefighters. A Type 1 Incident Management Team has been ordered. The Southwest Incident Management Team, led by Incident Commander Tony Sciacca, will arrive tomorrow to brief with forest officials and will assume management responsibility of the fire at 6:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 13, 2013.
Tomorrow’s Weather: Partly cloudy; zero percent chance of precipitation; temperature: 78-82 degrees; relative humidity: 13-18 percent; winds: east winds 5 to 8 mph increasing to southwest 8 to 15 mph in the afternoon.
Structures/threats: No structures in Pecos Wilderness, no communities threatened at this time.
Evacuations: No current or planned evacuations at this time.
Observed fire behavior: The head of the fire, the side of the fire with the fastest rate of spread, made runs up to 2 to 3.5 miles. The fire is spotting; sparks or embers being carried by the wind and starting new fires beyond the main fire. Vertical rolling of the smoke plume was observed. The fire is growing in two to three separate directions. Flames are reaching up to 300 feet from the ground and trees are rapidly igniting from top to bottom.
Summary: The fire is burning deep in the Pecos Wilderness thus no communities are threatened. It has burned 6,000 acres, 2 to 3 ½ miles long. The smoke column is reaching close to 20,000 feet in the air. At this time it is burning in the blowdown area and has burned into Pecos Baldy. Available air resources are being used to slow the fire’s progress. Firefighter safety remains a priority at this time.
Smoke: Smoke from the Jaroso fire was significant today and was transported over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains towards Mora, Holman and northeastern New Mexico. For a smoke forecast and more information about the health effects of smoke, including actions individual can take to protect themselves, and guidance on distances and visibility, based on the location of current fires, please visit: http://gacc.nifc.gov/swcc/predictive/outlooks/smoke/swcc_smoke_outlook.pdf