Jaroso Fire Update June 27, 2013 8pm
Incident: Jaroso Fire Wildfire
Fire Information: 505-438-5321
For Immediate Release June 27, 2013, 8 p.m.
Public Meeting Scheduled for Friday, June 28 at 5 p.m. at the Pendaries Community Center in Rociada, NM
Date Reported: 06/10/2013
Number of Personnel: 132
Location: Espanola and Pecos-Las Vegas Ranger Districts within the Pecos Wilderness
Equipment: 6 engines
Crews: 1 Type 1, 2 Type 2
Aircraft: 3 helicopters
Size: 10,167 acres based on Infrared flight
Injuries to Date: None
Percent Contained: 0%
- Today, a Wildland Fire Management Team, led by Incident Commander Brad McBratney, assumed command of the Jaroso Fire. This Wildand Fire Management Team offers the fire suppression skills of a veteran Type II Team, and has additional skills and qualifications to help plan for longer-duration fires.
- The Jaroso Fire is burning in the rugged, steep, deep canyons of the Pecos Wilderness. It is burning in mixed-conifer, heavy dead and down, woody material with pockets of bug-killed trees, and has burnt through the 1300-acres of blowdown from 2007.
Today’s Significant Events:
Today's activity: Two columns were visible today. The first was on the far western edge of the fire. It did not travel far, but burned within itself. The second column observed later was on the northeast end of the fire. The far east side of the fire closest to the Pecos River was not active today. The fire has not crossed the Pecos River. The southern end of the fire, closest to Jacks Creek, was not active today. Water drops continue to be effective in cooling down the south end of the fire.
During yesterday’s operations to slow the growth of the fire, aerial resources were used to drop water on the eastern area closest to the Pecos River and fire retardant was used on the southern area. The most active part of the fire continues to be on the southern and eastern sides. The south part of the fire continues to slow back down into the Horsethief Meadow. The fire is approximately ½ mile west from the Pecos River. The spot fire that was detected on the east side of the Pecos River on June 26 is no longer visible. On the west side of the fire it continues to burn in the Rito Jaroso area. There has been no fire growth on the northern side of the fire.
The Carson Hotshots carried out reconnaissance of Hamilton Mesa as a possible contingency line, should the fire cross the Pecos River and proceed east. The same was done on the eastern edge of the Wilderness by NM State Forestry hand crew and engines out of Las Vegas NM. Engine crews were working in the upper Pecos Canyon doing structure assessments.
Areas that remain of concern to fire managers include: those properties located south and east of the fire. Values at risk south of the fire include: Jack’s Creek Campground, Iron Gate Campground, Panchuela Campground and structures in Grass Mountain, Pecos Canyon Estates, Winsor, Cowles and the Panchuela area. Values at risk east of the fire include: an electronic site, and numerous structures in Ledoux, South Carmen, Upper Rociada, Gascon, Camp Davis and structures along State Road 276 and Forest Service Road 60.
Although no evacuations have been ordered at this time, residents living in communities south and east of the Jaroso Fire need to be prepared should evacuations be required. To ensure smooth and orderly evacuations, residents should have a go-kit ready. A complete checklist of things residents should consider bringing with them on an evacuation is available online at: http://www.fireadapted.org/role/residents-and-homeowners.aspx.
Smoke: The most significant smoke impacts from the Jaroso fire will be in the communities down-drainage of the fires tomorrow morning. For a detailed smoke forecast visit: http://gacc.nifc.gov/swcc/predictive/outlooks/smoke/swcc_smoke_outlook.pdf. For information on wildland fire smoke and your health visit: https://nmtracking.org/en/environ_exposure/fire-and-smoke/.
Today’s Weather: High temperatures, with a few drier storms will be found across the north central mountains and northeast plains through the evening. Northwest winds are expected to pick up in the afternoon
Santa Fe National Forest Fire Restrictions and Closures: Due to extreme fire danger and current active fires, the entire Santa Fe National Forest is closed to the public, with the exception of the Rio Chama Scenic River corridor and the Valles Caldera staging area. The entire Pecos Wilderness including access from the Carson NF (Santa Barbara area) is closed to public entry for the protection of human health and safety. For additional restriction and closure information, please visit: www.firerestrictions.us/nm or http://www.fs.usda.gov/santafe/