Photo by Kristen Honig/Valles Caldera
Thompson Ridge Fire News:
Acres: 23,903; Start date: May 31, 2013; Cause: Downed power line; Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve; Containment: 90 percent; Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine; Terrain: Steep, rugged; Resources: 6 crews, 11 engines, 5 water tenders, 2 dozers; Total personnel: 276 and Available air support: 3 helicopters.
Summary: There was no new perimeter growth yesterday as unburned fuels within the interior continued to smolder and burn. Today crews will continue mop up, patrol and rehab on all divisions of the fire. An increase in winds, lower humidity and warmer temperatures may contribute to increased fire activity within the interior which may create smoke plumes.
The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team will continue fire damage assessments and present its findings at a public meeting Thursday, 5:30–7:30 p.m. at the Valles Caldera Science and Education Center in Jemez Springs. For more information on BAER and directions to the meeting go to http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3430/ or call (707) 853-4243.
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 http://www.nmenv.state.nm.us/aqb and https://nmtracking.org/fire.
Openings: The main entrance to the Valles Caldera National Preserve is open from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. The public can drive to the Valle Grande Staging Area where they can visit the gift shop or view elk and other wildlife in the area.
Closures: The Fenton Lake State Park is closed to the public.
For more information regarding the fire, please visit www.inciweb.org or follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ThompsonRdgFire. Additional photos and information are available at www.facebook.com/ThompsonRdgFire and www.flickr.com/ThompsonRdgFire.