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Thompson Ridge BAER Assessment Update - 7/9/2013

Incident: Thompson Ridge Post-Fire Response Burned Area Emergency Response
Released: 7/9/2013

Thompson Ridge BAER Assessment Update – July 9, 2013

JEMEZ SPRINGS, NM (July 9, 2013) – For the past few days, the Thompson Ridge burn scar has experienced some monsoon rain events. The Forest Service’s Jemez Springs Ranger Station and the Valles Caldera National Preserve (VCNP) shared these recent observations:

As Forest Service and VCNP crews return from the field this afternoon, updated information will be posted on InciWeb at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3430/.

The VCNP and the Santa Fe National Forest is working with the Forest Service Regional and Washington offices to finalize the BAER assessment and recommended emergency response measures for funding and approval.

When the final report is approved and funded, a BAER implementation team will coordinate their emergency stabilization treatments with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), local tribal governments, New Mexico Department of Transportation, and Sandoval County, along with other state and local agencies responsible for flood control and assistance to landowners downstream of burned area federal lands.

NRCS is accepting applications for financial assistance from agricultural producers in New Mexico impacted by wildfires of 2011, 2012 and 2013 under the new Burned Lands Initiative. The financial assistance will help address resource concerns on private land through NRCS’ Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP).

Applications will be accepted through Friday, July 19, 2013, for producers impacted by wildfires such as the Jaroso Fire, Las Conchas Fire, Little Bear Fire, Silver Fire, Thompson Ridge Fire, Track Fire, Tres Lagunas Fire, Wallow Fire and Whitewater-Baldy Complex Fire.

Key NRCS conservation practices available for assistance under the Burned Lands Initiative include fencing, troughs and tanks, pipelines, diversions, critical area planting, wildlife management, ponds, forest stand improvement and others that relate to water quality, soil erosion, plant health and wildlife habitat concerns.

For more information on how to apply for financial assistance, contact your local NRCS field office (http://go.usa.gov/jczJ) or visit the NRCS EQIP (http://go.usa.gov/jcuY) or WHIP (http://go.usa.gov/jcuB) pages for more details. Also, the NRCS letter with additional information regarding this financial assistance is posted on InciWeb at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3430/.

BAER interagency cooperators, stakeholders, and tribal government representatives are coordinating the post-fire response efforts. Contact information for the interagency cooperators involved in post-fire response for the Thompson Ridge Fire can also be found on InciWeb (http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3430/).

SPECIAL NOTE: Everyone near and downstream from the fire area should remain alert and stay updated on weather conditions that may result in heavy rains over the burn scar. Flash flooding may occur quickly during heavy rain events. Current weather and emergency notifications can be found at the National Weather Service, Albuquerque Office (http://www.srh.noaa.gov/abq/) website.

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Santa Fe National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
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Santa Fe, NM 87508

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