Weekend Thunderstorms Flood & Block Forest Road - Equipment Ordered Monday
Incident: Tres Lagunas Post-Fire Response Burned Area Emergency Response
PECOS, NM – The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) implementation team inspected Sunday the areas that received heavy rains throughout the weekend. Thunderstorms resulted in minor flooding within the Tres Lagunas Fire burn scar.
Sediment and small rocks were carried over one portion of NM63 between the Windy Bridge and Tererro areas within the Santa Fe National Forest. The area most affected though was Forest Raod 122, better known as Holy Ghost, which is currently impassible (and remains closed anyway) after rocks rolled over it. "We're ordering heavy equipment Monday to remove that and other debris," explained Ed Freed, BAER incident commander. Due to extreme fire danger and post-fire hazards, the Forest remains closed.
Meantime, the team has completed the removal of known tree hazards, installed signs that advise the public of rolling rocks, potential flooding, and falling trees, and is actively seeking competitive bids (FedBiz at: https://www.fbo.gov/) for aerial seeding and mulching aimed at potential soil stabilization.
Photos of this work may be viewed at InciWeb: http://www.inciweb.org/state/32/, under the Tres Lagunas Post-Fire Response.
Actions are based on a BAER Assessment Report that may be reviewed at: InciWeb at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/3427. The Santa Fe National Forest received funding for efforts within its jurisdiction on July 2, 2013, while area cooperators are also working to assist private landowners in preparing for increased rain runoff and potential flooding.
Monitor the National Weather Service
Residents in the area are encouraged to monitor the National Weather Service for Flash Flood Advisories. The Pecos Canyon Volunteer Fire Department is assisting private property owners with sand bags. Call Huie Ley at 505-757-6193.
Land-Owner Assessments / Advice:
Kenneth Alcon (505)425-3594 ext: 3 firstname.lastname@example.org
Pecos Canyon Volunteer Fire Department:
Eric Roybal (505) 425-6190 email@example.com
Huie Ley (505)-757-6193.
Pecos One-Stop-Shop for Tips, Do’s – Don’ts:
Upper Pecos Watershed Association: (505) 757-3600 firstname.lastname@example.org
Post Fire Resources
New Mexico Fire Information PageWeb http://nmfireinfo.com/information/after-a-wildfire/
For Forest Service Tres Lagunas BAER information, call: (505) 670-6072.