Holy Ghost Remains Closed & Crews Work to Clear Flood Debris
Incident: Tres Lagunas Post-Fire Response Burned Area Emergency Response
PECOS, NM – The Burn Area Emergency Response (BAER) team installed gates Wednesday to prevent traffic from entering camping areas within the Santa Fe National Forest, Pecos/Las Vegas District along NM 63. The Forest remains closed due to potential flash floods as thunderstorms fall upon the burn scar and because burned trees or branches could fall.
Also on Wednesday, vault restrooms at the Windy Bridge area were pumped to prevent effluent overflows in the event of floods.
According to Incident Commander Ed Freed, work to clear flooded Forest Service Road 122 (Holy Ghost) and other locations is proceeding, with heavy equipment arriving Thursaday. Crews worked all day Thursday to remove rocks, burned trees and ash debris that had flooded Forest Road 122 - which remains closed to the public and closed to cabin permitees.
BAER Still Seeks Competitive Bids
Looking for the most competitive proposals from the private sector, the BAER team extended and continues to accept bids through this Thursday for aerial applications of seed and mulch that, when applied, assists in forest recovery and reduces erosion after fire events (FedBiz at: https://www.fbo.gov/). Contracts should be awarded by Saturday, with air operations starting next week.
Afternoon thunderstorms have affected both FS roads and NM 63 with falling rocks and ash debris. Residents are encouraged to monitor the National Weather Service for flash flood advisories. The Tres Lagunas Fire was contained July 5, 2013.
Need Sand Bags
The Pecos Canyon Volunteer Fire Department continues to offer private land owners sand bags. The bags are station at the Tererro store. Contact the Pecos Canyon Volunteer Fire Department: Huie Ley (505)-757-6193.