Jaroso Fire Update July 4, 2013
Incident: Jaroso Fire Wildfire
WILDLAND FIRE MANAGEMENT TEAM
Fire Information: 505-438-5446
For Immediate Release: July 4, 2013, 8 a.m.
Date Reported: 06/10/2013
Number of Personnel: 53
Location: Espanola and Pecos-Las Vegas Ranger Districts within the Pecos Wilderness
Equipment: 3 engines
Aircraft: 3 helicopters
Size: 11,141 acres based on Infrared flight
Injuries to Date: None
Percent Contained: 0%
The Northern Rockies Wildland Fire Management Team will be leaving on Friday July 5. Requests for Jaroso Fire information will be handled by the Santa Fe National Forest, 505-438-5446.
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:
A stakeholders meeting was held to discuss updated Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS) decisions and the schedule for the Forest transition with the incident management team.
A public meeting was held in the community of Pecos.
The percentage of containment is given when firefighters have line constructed on portions of the fire’s edge. On this fire because of safety considerations, no line was constructed directly on the fire’s perimeter. There are sections of the fire that have shown no activity for more than four days. These areas pose no immediate threat of expanding beyond the existing fire perimeter.
Resources continued to assess private lands and structures along the Pecos River corridor and along the east side of the fire in the Las Vegas area.
The process of releasing firefighting resources is ongoing.
Today's activity ongoing:
Fire personnel, including Pecos Canyon Fire Department continue to coordinate structure assessments along the Pecos River corridor and structures on the east side of the fire in the Walker Flats area.
Weather permitting; a reconnaissance flight will be conducted today for the incoming Burned Area Emergency Response team (BAER).
Afternoon thunder storms over the fire could preclude us from using aviation resources today.
Fire growth remains minimal.
Significant heat and dry fuels remain a factor influencing fire behavior today in areas such as Horsethief Meadows.
The existing spot fires south of Horsethief Meadows should continue to be inactive due to rain, high humidity and the use of helicopter water drops.
All other areas of heat should be minimally active. Fire in the Pecos River remains inactive due to suppression efforts 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: Partly cloudy. Rain showers and thunderstorms are likely. Expect slope, valley winds out of the southwest, becoming northerly at four to eight MPH. Ridgetop winds will be southwest at 11 MPH. Today’s expected temperatures will be 75 to 80 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/