AM Update 06/02/2013
Incident: Tres Lagunas Fire Wildfire
TRES LAGUNAS FIRE UPDATE
Sunday, June 2, 2013, 8:30 a.m.
Fire Information: 505-757-6121 Media Contact: 505-503-5811
Acres: 7,476 Start Date: May 30, 2013 Information for this fire, including maps, can be
Cause: downed power line Location: 10 miles North of Pecos, NM found at: inciweb.org/incident/3401
Containment: 0% Fuels: Timber
Total personnel: 411 Terrain: steep, rugged
PUBLIC MEETING TONIGHT: 6 pm PECOS HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM
Summary: On the west flank today crews will hold the fire north of Indian Creek Road, scout for possible direct and indirect line construction locations, and burnout if necessary. Structure protection will be provided in the Holy Ghost summer home area. On the north side firefighters will scout for indirect line construction locations south of Forest Road 646. Crews on the east side will keep fire west of Forest Road 92, and construct indirect dozer line as needed. Along the southern edge, scouting will determine indirect line construction opportunities from NM Highway 63 to the Viveash burn scar. Burnout operations will be initiated if necessary.
Structure protection crews will patrol for spot fires near structures, complete sprinkler installation in Holy Ghost subdivision, complete structure protection for Gonzales Ranch, and continue structure protection activities in lower Pecos Canyon. Crews will also hold spot fires in the Viveash Burn area, continue structure protection in Cow Creek, and provide engine support for the east side.
The status of evacuations has not changed. To date, no structures have been burned.
Today’s Weather: Predicted humidity of around 50% today will produce a buildup of cumulus clouds in the afternoon, with a 50% chance of lightning, and 40% chance of wetting rain. The storm front will move east throughout the day, leaving the area Monday morning. This weather may prevent the use of air tankers and helicopters in the afternoon. The fire will remain active but is expected to be less intense than Saturday. Terrain driven runs and short runs due to outflow winds can be expected. Winds will be SSE 8 to 12 mph, gusting to 20 mph in the morning, and SSW 10 to 15 mph gusting to 25 in the afternoon.
Structures/threats: Residences along Highway 63 north of Pecos are threatened.
Evacuations: 134 summer homes, 6-10 primary residences along Highway 63 beginning at El Macho church north toward Jacks Creek Campground.
Forest Service campgrounds: Jacks Creek, Iron Gate, Panchuela, Cowles, Holy Ghost, Links Tract, Field Tract, Davis Willow, Dalton, Lower Dalton
NM Game & Fish Campgrounds: Mora, Willow Creek, Bert Clancy, Terrero
6 trailheads: Jacks Creek, Iron Gate, Panchuela, Geronimo, Cowles, Holy Ghost
Voluntary evacuations have been issued for Cow Creek area residents. An evacuation center has been opened at the Pecos High School Gymnasium. The San Miguel Sheriff’s Posse – Pecos Rodeo grounds has been set up for pets and livestock.
Road Closures: Highway 63 beginning at mile marker 12, north toward Jacks Creek Campgrounds
Emergency Closure: An emergency fire closure has been issued for the fire area. For specific information please see the closure order and map that was attached with this update.
Fire Restrictions: Forest users are reminded that Stage 1 fire restrictions remain in place on the entire Santa Fe National Forest, the Valles Caldera National Preserve, all State owned lands and private, non-municipal, non-federal and non-tribal lands. The Santa Fe National Forest is considering moving to Stage 2 fire restrictions this week.
Smoke: With the southerly winds, smoke will be shifting to areas north and also east of the fire, affecting Las Vegas, I-25 and surrounding communities. Smoke combined with the moist atmosphere will create hazy conditions throughout the day. Information on wildland fire smoke and your health can be found on the New Mexico Department of Health's website at https://nmtracking.org/fire.