Jaroso Fire Update – June 11


Jaroso Fire Update

Time/Date Reported: June 10, 2013 at 1:45 p.m.; Location: Espanola Ranger District within the Pecos Wilderness, approximately six miles southeast of Borrego Mesa; Legal Description: T19N, R11E, Sec 1; Cause: Lightning; Fuels: Fire is burning in mixed conifer, heavy dead and down fuels with pockets of bug-killed trees.

Note: There is a 1,300-acre area of downed timber caused by a wind event six years ago directly south and east of the fire that is of concern because of additional fuel for fire to consume quickly.

Size: 360 acres, according to infrared mapping, Percent Contained: No containment at this time; Resources: Air resources committed thus far today include: two Type 1 helicopters, one Type 2 helicopter. Ground resources will only be used if conditions are deemed safe.

Tomorrow’s Weather: Temperatures will continue to be high, 79-81 degrees with Red Flag warning noon to 8 p.m.; Structures/threats: No structures in Pecos Wilderness, no communities threatened at this time; Evacuations: None and Road Closures: None.

Summary: The fire is burning in the Pecos Wilderness in very remote/steep terrain with significant amount of fuel accumulation, in extreme weather conditions which is contributing to extreme fire behavior. While fire managers are assessing short and long term strategies for this fire, aerial resources will continue to provide suppression support in order to slow the fire’s progress. Firefighter safety remains a priority at this time.


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