Jaroso Fire Update July 1, 2013
Incident: Jaroso Fire Wildfire
WILDLAND FIRE MANAGEMENT TEAM
Fire Information: 505-438-5446
For Immediate Release Fire Facts
Date Reported: 06/10/2013 Location: Espanola and Pecos-Las Vegas Ranger Districts within the Pecos Wilderness Cause: Lightning Size: 11,141 acres based on Infrared flight Evacuations: none
Fire Facts –Wildland Fire Management Teams:
Many different factors, such as incident location, size and duration are used to determine the type of team needed to manage an incident.
Wildland Fire Management Teams (WFMT) such as the Northern Rockies Team managing the Jaroso Fire are specialized to work on long duration fires in remote and difficult terrain. These teams are typically comprised of a small number of highly qualified personnel and are able to expand or contract as the incident changes. Team numbers, or roster, are agreed upon between the team and the administrator of the agency where the wildfire is occurring. The agreement is based on meeting the needs of the incident. The WFMT is a fully qualified Type 2 Incident Management Team.
While priority is given to fires with multiple objectives, these teams often manage full suppression incidents. WFMT can just do the planning for an incident or manage all aspects of the incident.
An Incident Commander supervises the team and is assisted by specialists to accomplish the job as effectively and efficiently as possible. At least one member of the team is qualified as a Strategic Long Range Planner. Operational planning is the key to developing a successful long range fire plan. The team creates a plan for the forest to use in the long term on a particular incident but it can be utilized on surrounding landscapes in the future as well.
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 burned through the 1300-acres of blowdown from 2007.
The public is asked to use extra caution when traveling along NM 63 from Rowe towards the Pecos Canyon due to high vehicle traffic in those areas.
Monsoon season often brings heavy rain. Upper and lower Pecos Canyon residents should remain alert to possible flooding.
Firefighter, aviator and public safety remain a priority on the Jaroso fire.
Number of Personnel: 138 Equipment: 4 engines Crews: 1 Type 1, 2 Type 2 Aircraft: 3 helicopters Injuries to Date: None Percent Contained: 0%
July 1, 2013, 8 a.m.
Yesterday’s Significant Events:
Resources continued to assess private lands and structures along the Pecos River Corridor along the east side of the fire in the Las Vegas area.
Crews continued to prep the forest trail along Panchuela Creek.
No aviation was used today except for air attack who took a reconnaissance flight and found little fire activity.
Today's activity ongoing:
Trail improvements continue on the Panchuela Creek trail.
Continue to prep road from Panchuela Campground to Cowles and Winsor Trail.
Wood chipping operations will begin from Panchuela Creek Campground to Winsor Trailhead.
- Fire personnel, including Pecos Canyon Fire Department continue to coordinate structure assessments and evacuation planning in the Pecos River corridor.
- Identify values at risk and develop a protection plan in the Walker Flats area on the east side of the fire.
Today’s Weather: Higher humidity, cloud cover and scattered rain showers have occurred across the fire area proving beneficial in reducing fire activity. Showers and thunderstorms are likely throughout the day. Temperatures will range from 63 to 73 degrees. Slope and valley winds will be light, less than 8 MPH while ridgetop winds will be out of the southeast at 18 MPH.
Areas of concern: 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, Maestas Canyon, Pendaries, Upper and Lower Rociada, Gascon, Camp Davis and structures along State Road 276 and Forest Service Road 60.
Evacuations: No evacuations have been ordered at this time. However, 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. 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/.
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/