Jaroso Fire Update June 26, 2013
Incident: Jaroso Fire Wildfire
Fire Information: 505-438-5321
For Immediate Release June 26, 2013, 6 p.m.
Date Reported: 06/10/2013
Number of Personnel: 132
Location: Espanola and Pecos-Las Vegas Ranger Districts within the Pecos Wilderness
Equipment: 5 engines
Crews: 1 Type 1, 2 Type 2 Initial Attack Crews
Aircraft: 3 helicopter, 5 air tankers, 2 single-engine air tankers
Size: 9,403 acres based on Infrared flight
Injuries to Date: None
Percent Contained: 0%
- On Thursday, June 26 at 6:00 p.m., a Wildland Fire Management Team, led by Incident Commander Brad McBratney, will assume command of the Jaroso Fire. A Wildand Fire Management Team offers the fire suppression skills of a veteran Type II Team, and has additional skills and qualifications to help plan for longer-duration fires.
- 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 burnt through the entire 1300-acres of blowdown from 2007.
Today’s Significant Events:
During this morning’s air reconnaissance flight, fire behavior was moderate, and winds were light in the fire area. This gave fire managers an opportunity to utilize air suppression resources with both retardant and water drops to slow the fire’s progress on the south and east perimeter. The fire is burning south of Pecos Baldy toward the Pecos River. The spot fire that had been detected on the east side of the Pecos River last evening, did not establish itself and wasn’t visible in the morning recon. On the west side of the fire it continues to burn in the Rito Jaroso area. There has been no fire growth on the northern side of the fire. There are no evacuations at this time, but for information about how to prepare in the event of an evacuation, please read the Ready, Set, Go guide.
As a precautionary measure, additional air and ground resources have been ordered to protect values at risk that are located south and east of the fire. Crews are scouting the area above Jack’s Creek for natural trails and features that can be used if needed as fireline. Values at risk south of the fire include: Jack’s Creek Campground, Iron Gate Campground, Panchuela Campground and structures and homes 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 and homes in Ledoux, South Carmen, Upper Rociada, Gascon, Camp Davis and structures along State Road 276 and Forest Service Road 60.
Smoke: Smoke is expected to settle in communities below the active fire, in Pecos Canyon and may impact Santa Fe tonight. There is a potential for smoke impacts in the Santa Fe area tomorrow morning, extending north towards Espanola and south along the Rio Grande towards Santo Domingo Pueblo. Information on wildland fire smoke and your health can be found on the New Mexico Department of Health’s website.
Tomorrow’s Weather: Includes above normal temperatures, sunny with lighter winds. Temperature: 80 degrees. Relative humidity: 14 percent. Winds: Terrain Driven 8 MPH.
Santa Fe National Forest Fire Restrictions and Closures: 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/