Isolated Thunderstorms Shower Thompson Ridge Fire Overnight – Now 80 Percent Contained – Allowing Some Crews To Return Home

Smoldering from the Thompson Ridge Fire remains visible on the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Photo by Kristen Honig/Valles Caldera Trust

Thompson Ridge Fire

Acres: 23,903; Start date: May 31, 2013; Cause: Downed powerline; Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve; Containment: 80 percent; Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine; Terrain: Steep, rugged; Resources: 8 crews, 22 engines, 17 water tenders, 2 dozers; Total personnel: 602 and Available air support: 3 helicopters.

Summary: Last night interior fuel continued to burn but no new growth or interior runs were observed. There were some isolated thunderstorms over the fire. Today firefighters will patrol the fire line and mop-up any hot spots within the perimeter of the fire. We can expect gusty winds associated with thunderstorms but fire behavior should be minimal. Work continues along N.M. 4 with the removal of cut vegetation. Rehabilitation of the dozer and hand lines around the fire continue. Firefighters remove hazard trees along the roads, chip felled trees, re-establish drainage systems, remove debris and more.

National Guard crews will assist firefighters today with removal of hoses and equipment from areas that are no longer under threat from fire. Many of the crews and engines that have suppressed the Thompson Ridge Fire are being released to respond to other incidents or return to their home units.

Open and active: Communities in and around the Santa Fe National Forest remain open and accessible including Jemez Springs, Jemez Pueblo, Santa Clara Pueblo, Los Alamos and Bandelier National Monument. Camping, hiking and other recreational opportunities are available in these areas.

Smoke: For more smoke information and air quality forecasts, please visit the New Mexico Environment Department’s website at and

Closures: All points of entry to the Valles Caldera National Preserve are closed to public access due to fire activity. The Fenton Lake State Park is also closed to the public.

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