Bear Springs Fire: Firefighters Execute Successful Burnout Operation Today

Bear Springs Fire
June 6, 2012 – 9 p.m.

Summary: The relatively low intensity burnout tactic used today was very successful, leaving no significant pockets of unburned fuel and no spot fires. Residual spot fires from last night’s operations were detected and suppressed. The burnout was very clean, resulting in little to no impact to natural and cultural resources. At times, smoke was voluminous due to burning in heavy fuels, but areas with lighter fuels produced very little visible smoke.

Enough progress was made today that some crews will be released tomorrow, and demobilization will continue as the fire winds down. As soon as full containment is achieved, management of the fire will be returned to the Jemez Ranger District.

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Start Time/Date 6:36 p.m. on Sunday, June 3, 2012

Location: Jemez Ranger District, Santa Fe NF; 6 miles NE of Ponderosa, NM and 6 miles SE of Jemez Springs, NM.

Legal Description: T17N, R4E, SWNE Sec 31

Cause: Lightning

Fuels: Mixed conifer, ponderosa pine

Size: 622 acres

Containment: 75 %

Resources Committed: 192 Personnel 4 Type 1 crews, 3 Type 2 crews, 3 engines, 2 Type 1 helicopter,
1 Type 3 helicopter, 2 water tenders, 2 dozers

Today’s Weather: 82 degrees, mostly sunny, relative humidity 14%, winds southwest 10 mph

Structures/threats: Cultural Resources and Historic Structures

Evacuations: None

Road Closures: FR 266

Closures: Paliza Campground is closed

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, and NM Dept. of Game and Fish lands.

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