Colorado Peak Fire – Evening Update

Colorado Peak Fire
Evening Update

Fire Name: Bear Springs

Time/Date Reported: 2:36 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Location: Española Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest; approximately 10 miles northwest of the Santa Fe Airport

Legal Description: T17N, R7E, Sec 30

Cause: Unknown, under investigation

Fuels: Piñon/juniper, slash and brush. The Caja del Rio plateau has open, patchy vegetation.

Size: 360 acres

% Contained: 0

Resources Committed: 156 personnel including: 3 Type 1 crews, 4 Type 2 crews, 3 engines, 2 Type 1 helicopters, and 2 dozers.

Today’s Weather: Through sunset, south southwest breezes with occasional winds gusts as high as 18 mph were observed. Winds turned more variable in direction with much lighter speeds just after sunset. Later, a light drainage wind from the north northeast is expected after midnight and into the early morning hours with wind speeds remaining at 7 mph or less. Relative humidity will recover to only 45 percent by sunrise. Temperatures will warm into the 80s Thursday afternoon with humidity once again falling below 15 percent. Winds will be very similar as today, generally breezy from the south/southwest.

Structures/threats: Cultural sites

Evacuations: None

Road Closures: None

Summary: Active fire behavior was observed with running and torching this afternoon. Aerial resources dropped water and fire retardant to slow the fires spread and cool off hot spots. Firefighters will be working through the night to contain the fire.

Smoke: A smoke plume emitting grey/black smoke was visible this afternoon from Santa Fe and other communities near the Caja del Rio. Tonight, smoke may settle into low lying areas, including drainages; however, the smoke will lift by mid-morning when the sun rises. Residents near the wildfire who live in low-lying areas may wish to keep their windows closed at night.

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