Jaroso Fire Update July 2, 2013
Incident: Jaroso Fire Wildfire
WILDLAND FIRE MANAGEMENT TEAM
Fire Information: 505-438-5446
For Immediate Release July 2, 2013, 8 a.m.
Date Reported: 06/10/2013
Number of Personnel: 132
Location: Espanola and Pecos-Las Vegas Ranger Districts within the Pecos Wilderness
Equipment: 4 engines
Crews: 1 Type 1, 1 Type 2
Aircraft: 3 helicopters
Size: 11,141 acres based on Infrared flight
Injuries to Date: None
Percent Contained: 0%
- 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.
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.
- Chipping efforts began from Panchuela Creek Campground to Winsor Trailhead.
- Crews continued to prep the forest trail along Panchuela Creek.
- A reconnaissance flight over the fire revealed little fire outside of smoldering and creeping behavior.
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 continue from Panchuela Creek Campground to Winsor Trailhead.
- The Tri Color County crew is being released today – they had been working the east side of the fire.
- 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.
- Weather and smoke may hamper aviation operations this afternoon.
- Relatively dry fuels remain a factor influencing fire behavior today. High fine dead fuel moisture and downslope winds may cause the fire to back into areas where significant heat remains, such as Horsethief Meadows.
- The existing spot fire south of Horsethief Meadows has been inactive for the last three days and should remain so with expected high humidity and the use of helicopter water drops.
- All other areas of heat should be minimally active. Fire in the Pecos River should not be active, in part due to suppression actions taken there. No impacts are expected in the Pecos River area today.
- Heavy fuels on the interior of the fire will continue to burn out producing visible smoke.
Today’s Weather: Mostly cloudy. Rain showers and thunderstorms are likely. Storms may be accompanied by thunder cells producing gusty and erratic winds – winds can turn up to 180 degrees and double in strength in just minutes. Expect slope, valley winds out of the southwest, becoming northwest less than 10 MPH. Ridgetop winds will be northwest at 12 MPH. Today’s expected temperatures will be 63 to 75 degrees.
Areas of concern: Those properties located south and east of the fire. Valleys 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. 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: Smoke has dissipated because of the higher humidity and cooler temperatures. 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/