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NMEOC/DHSEM Thompson Ridge Fire Update

on June 5, 2013 - 11:44am


Updated information the Thompson Ridge Fire this morning from the New Mexico Emergency Operations Center and the Dept. of Homeland Security emergency Management:

  • The fire has grown to 9,394 acres.
  • There is a spot fire burning just north of the fire line and is approximately 68 acres: It is lined and believed to be contained. Much of the focus will be on the spot fire today and this evening.
  • The main fire has moved past the Valles Caldera HQ structures with no damage reported.
  • More resource requests have been made for equipment.
  • Thompson Ridge evacuation area may be lifted this

Thompson Ridge; Tres Lagunas Fire Updates - Morning of June 5

on June 5, 2013 - 11:21am


Wednesday June 5, 2013 9 a.m.

Acres: 9,394

Start date: May 31, 2013

Cause: Human

Location: 10 miles north of Jemez

Containment: 5 percent

Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine

Terrain: Steep, rugged Resources: 17 crews, 29 engines, 4 water tenders, 3 dozers

Total personnel: 557 Available air support: 3 airtankers, 9 helicopters

Summary: Yesterday’s weather was once again the driving force for extreme fire behavior. This erratic behavior continued until 3:00 a.m.

County Council Imposes Fireworks Restrictions

on June 4, 2013 - 9:56pm
Ash and scorched pine needles fall from the smokey sky looking west over the Gold Street Apartments and throughout Los Alamos today. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Smoke fills the sky looking west just past the White Rock 'Y' today. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Staff Report
The Los Alamos County Council presented a proclamation this evening declaring extreme fire conditions exist in Los Alamos County and imposing restrictions on the use of fireworks as follows:

WHEREAS: the weather in North Central New Mexico, including Los Alamos County, has been extremely

Alert: County Is Under Stage II Fire Restrictions

on June 4, 2013 - 10:44am


Effective Wednesday, June 5, 2013 and in concert with the U.S. Forest Service,  National Park Service and Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos County is under Stage II Fire Restrictions.

The following acts are prohibited until further notice:

  • Building, maintaining, attending or using an open fire, campfire, charcoal or wood stove on all Los Alamos County lands including fires in developed campgrounds or improved sites.
  • Smoking is prohibited except within an enclosed vehicle or building.
  • Discharging of firearms except at designated shooting ranges
  • Fireworks as outlined in

Thompson Ridge Fire Grows Overnight

on June 4, 2013 - 10:32am


Bill Knight shared this MODIS image from 1:15 a.m. today showing where the Thompson Ridge Fire has increased overnight. Courtesy photo

Thompson Ridge Fire Update - June 4 at 10:30 a.m.

Acres: 4,451 Start date: May 31, 2013
Cause: Under Investigation Location: 10 miles north of Jemez
Containment: 5 percent Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine
Terrain: Steep, rugged Resources: 14 crews, 32 engines, 4 water tenders, 2 dozers
Total personnel: 591 Available air support: 5 helicopters

Summary: Today firefighters again expect extreme fire behavior due to the continued warm weather, windy conditions

Thompson Ridge Firefighters Are Fully Supplied

on June 4, 2013 - 7:48am

FIRE News:

The firefighters battling the Thompson Ridge Fire are now fully supplied with first aid and hygiene supplies as well as food.

There is no need to collect supplies for them at this time.


Thompson Ridge Fire: June 3 Evening Update

on June 3, 2013 - 10:57pm

Smoke-filled sky from the Thompson Ridge Fire looking west from Los Alamos. Photo by Leland Lehman/


Acres: 3,229; Start date: May 31, 2013; Cause: Under Investigation; Location: 10 miles north of Jemez; Containment: 5 percent; Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine; Terrain: Steep, rugged; Resources: 14 crews, 32 engines, 4 water tenders, 2 dozers; Total personnel: 591 Available air support: 5 helicopters.

Summary: Today like yesterday, weather was the fire story.

Thompson Ridge; Tres Lagunas Fire Updates - Morning of June 3

on June 3, 2013 - 12:00pm

Thompson Ridge Fire approximately a half-mile from homes this weekend as firefighters battle the blaze with buckets of slurry dropped from the air. Photo by Ron Brown

Thompson Ridge Fire at 1:22 p.m., June 1. Photo by Ron Brown

Thompson Ridge Fire at 5:45 p.m., May 31. Photo by Ron Brown

Thompson Ridge Fire at 9 p.m., June 2 approximately a half-mile from homes. Photo by Ron Brown

Staff Report

June 3, 2013 9 a.m.

Acres: 2,229

Start date: May 31, 2013

Cause: Under Investigation

Location: 10 miles north of Jemez

Containment: 5 percent

Fuels: Mixed

Crowd Packs Thompson Ridge Fire Meeting

on June 3, 2013 - 8:58am
A crowd packed Sunday's public meeting in the Cerro de los Pinos Volunteer Fire Department regarding the Thompson Ridge Fire. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Gov. Susana Martinez describes what she saw while touring the Thompson Ridge Fire by helicopter. Firefighters on the southern and western perimeter of the fire worked to secure the line at the heel of the fire and protect structures on private land at the west side of the fire, according to an Arizona Central West Zone Incident Management Team press release.

Updates on Thompson Ridge, Tres Lagunas and Calf Fires

on June 2, 2013 - 9:56pm

Panoramic view of the Thompson Ridge Fire taken at 3:30 p.m. today east of Redondo. Photo by Brian McCool

Helicopters get water from Fenton Lake at 3 p.m. today. Photo by Brian McCool

Staff Report

Thompson Ridge Fire
  • Time/Date Reported: May 31, 2013, 2:40 p.m.
  • Location: 8 miles northeast of Jemez Springs near La Cueva
  • Legal Description: T19N, R3E, Sec 9
  • Cause: Human, downed power line
  • Fuels: Grass, Ponderosa Pine, Brush, Mixed Conifer
  • Size: Approximately 1,200 acres
  • Percent Contained: 0
  • Resources Committed: 4 Type 1 Interagency Hotshot Crews, 1 Type 1 Helicopters, 1 Type 3 Helicopter, 9 engines

Letter to the Editor: Let's Collect Items for Firefighters

on June 2, 2013 - 1:50pm


My name is Laura (Trask) Johnstone and my family has owned a cabin and land in the Pecos for more than 60 years and through four generations.

My grandfather, Wesley Trask, worked at the lab beginning in 1947 and our family has been tied to Los Alamos since. My parents, grandmother, brother and wife, my husband and two girls and I reside here today.

The Pecos Wilderness has always been coveted because of its pristine and rugged beauty.

Thompson Ridge Fire Burning Valles Caldera Land West of Redondo Peak

on June 2, 2013 - 12:05pm

Taken a short time ago today above La Cueva facing east, the Thompson Ridge Fire is burning on Valles Caldera National Preserve land west of Redondo Peak. Fire crews report that the terrain is difficult to work in. Weather is not posing a major problem today because so far the winds are light and blowing from the south. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Tours Thompson Ridge Fire Area; Meets With Residents

on June 2, 2013 - 12:05pm

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, D-Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval and Rio Arriba counties, visited the Thompson Ridge Fire area Saturday and said that it is predominately burning fuel on the forest floor and except for isolated spots, has not moved into the canopy thus far. Courtesy photo

During a tour Saturday, Sandoval County Deputy Fire Chief Jess Lewis points out to Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard the site of the Thompson Ridge Fire back burn area where a containment line is being cut just inside the Valles Caldera property line. Courtesy photo

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard with New Mexico

View of Thompson Ridge Fire From Santa Fe

on June 2, 2013 - 10:17am

The Thompson Ridge Fire at about 7 p.m., Saturday from just south of bypass 599 off Ridgetop Road in Santa Fe. Photo by Jim Gautier

Bandelier Enters Stage II Fire Restriction!

on June 2, 2013 - 9:58am

Ponderosa Campground. Photo by Sally King


Stage II Fire Restrictions will go into effect for Bandelier National Monument at midnight Wednesday, June 5, and will remain in effect until weather conditions change. 

“These restrictions are a result of high fire danger, low fuel moistures, and regional fire preparedness level. We have been experiencing many warm windy days and these restrictions will reduce the threat of human caused fires in the monument,” Park Superintendent Jason Lott said.

Bandelier National Monument staff remind visitors that under Stage II fire

MODIS Images of Thompson Ridge Fire

on June 2, 2013 - 9:01am
MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) images of the Thompson Ridge Fire as of about 11 p.m. Saturday, June 1. Courtesy/Bill Knight, Los Alamos

Air Quality in the Jemez is Sketchy

on June 1, 2013 - 10:43pm

Thompson Ridge Fire at 3:29 p.m. today on N.M. 4 just above La Cueva at the mailboxes alongside Winter Road. Photo by Khal Spencer

Thompson Ridge Fire at 3:29 p.m. today from the heights along N.M. 126. Photo by Khal Spencer 


I rode the BMW across the Jemez this afternoon to a point above La Cueva on N.M. 126. The air is a little smoky as you climb up to the Jemez on N.M. 4.

The worst of it right now is in the Caldera itself, which is literally a bowl of smoke and gets bad as you descend into the caldera. You can barely see Redondo.

SFNF: Tres Lagunas Fire Closure Area

on June 1, 2013 - 9:11am

Thompson Ridge Wildfire Burns Onto Valles Caldera

on June 1, 2013 - 8:54am

Thompson Ridge Wildfire has burned onto Valles Caldera property. Photo by Brian McCool

Thompson Ridge Wildfire smoke billows high in the air as seen coming from North Mesa Friday. Photo by Khal Spencer

Thompson Ridge Wildfire smoke as seen looking west from 20th Street in downtown Los Alamos at 7 p.m. Friday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Thompson Ridge Wildfire

Start Date / Time: May 31 / 2:40 p.m.

Start Location: Jemez Springs, Thompson Ridge area

Latitude: 35 53.399

Longitude: 106 37.365

Cause of Fire: Tree on power line.


Thompson Fire Erupts North of Jemez Springs

on May 31, 2013 - 6:14pm

Photo by Khal Spencer

NMFI News:

Firefighters are battling the Thompson Fire, which erupted at 2:40 p.m. today north of Jemez Springs. 

The fire started on private land and has burned onto some federal forest service property.

Crews report fire is creeping along the ground with occasional tree torching. Sandoval County VFDs, USFS engines on scene. Unknown number of homes in the area have been evacuated. It is not known how many people have been evacuated from these homes.


Start Date & Time:  5/31/13 @ 2:40 p.m.

Start Location: Jemez Springs, Thompson Ridge area

Cause of Fire: Tree

Tres Lagunas Fire Now Visible From Los Alamos

on May 31, 2013 - 12:13pm

Tres Lagunas Fire visible this afternoon from a vantage point near the Los Alamos Cooperative Market. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Tres Lagunas Fire Information

on May 30, 2013 - 9:52pm


Incident Name: Tres Lagunas Fire

Start Date: May 30, 2013

Start Location: 10 miles north of Pecos, NM

Cause of Fire: Downed Powerline

Area Vegetation: Ponderosa Pine

Acres Burned: 500+

Ownership: Private

Structures Threatened: yes (unknown number)

Structures Burned: None

Evacuations (Y or N & #): yes, for structures north of the fire area – unknown number of structures

Situation: The fire is approximately one mile west of the Community of Tres Lagunas

Percent Contained: 0 percent

Temperature: 78

Relative Humidity: 24 percent

Wind Speeds: 24 MPH


Driver Inhaling Fumes Careens Into Canyon

on May 27, 2013 - 12:01pm

The driver of the pickup seen in the middle of this photo was reportedly inhaling fumes from an aerosol can prior to careening into the canyon near the Los Alamos Baptist Church (in background) on Diamond Drive. Photo Courtesy Wayne Hardie


Los Alamos Daily Post
  • Four traffic accidents occurred around Los Alamos Sunday

The driver of a pickup was seen swerving on Los Alamos streets some five minutes before he veered onto the sidewalk along Diamond Drive and drove approximately 100 feet before crashing through a fence and careening more than 50 feet into Pueblo Canyon