Jaroso Fire Update - June 12, 2013, 10:30 Am
Incident: Jaroso Fire Wildfire
Fire Name: Jaroso Fire
Time/Date Reported: June 10, 2013 at 1:45 pm
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: Approx. 8,000 ac. The fire is being observed by air and the heavy smoke has made it difficult to determine the true size of the fire. After last night’s infrared flight, and a fly-over this morning a more accurate size has been determined. We believe the fire is now approximately 8,000 acres.
% Contained: No containment at this time
Resources: Air attack resources will continue to assess and monitor fire progression and fire behavior today. Ground resources are not being used today due to safety concerns regarding volatile fire behavior and concern for adequate safety zones and escape routes in the remote wilderness area. A Type 1 team, Tony Sciacca Incident Commander has been ordered and will arrive today to brief with forest fire officials and will begin overseeing the management of the fire at 6 am Thursday morning.
Tomorrow’s Weather: Temperatures will continue to be high at 77-82 degrees with winds out of the southwest at 10-15 mph.
Structures/threats: No structures in Pecos Wilderness, no communities threatened at this time.
Road Closures: N/A
Summary: The fire is burning deep in the Pecos Wilderness thus no communities are threatened. It has burned approximately ac, 2 to 3 ½ miles long. The smoke column is reaching close to 20,000 feet in the air and forming 3 distinctive heads and taking more shape. At this time it is burning in the blowdown area and has burned into Pecos Baldy. Available air resources are being used in attempt to slow the fire’s progress. Firefighter safety remains a priority at this time. Smoke from the Jaroso fire will likely be significant today and transported over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains towards Mora, Holman and northeastern New Mexico.