Thompson Ridge Fire 75 Percent Contained

Valles Caldera. Photo by Kristen Honig/Valles Caldera Trust

Thompson Ridge Fire

The Thompson Ridge Fire is now 75 percent contained. The fire started May 31, 2013.

It is burning on the Valles Caldera National Preserve about two miles northeast of La Cueva.

The fire is in steep rugged terrain and is burning mixed conifer and ponderosa pine. The Arizona Central West Zone Incident Management Team, led by Incident Commander Bea Day, assumed management responsibility for the fire Sunday June 2, 2013.


Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Human
Date of Origin Friday May 31, 2013 approx. 2 p.m.
Location 10 mi. N of Jemez on N.M. 4
Incident Commander Bea Day

Current Situation

Total Personnel 833
Size 24,000 acres
Percent Contained 75 percent
Fuels Involved

Grass, Ponderosa, Mixed Conifer

Fire Behavior

Fire behavior was moderated today by cloud cover and higher Relative Humidity. Some surface and backing fire was observed on the southwest corner of the fire associated with last night’s firing operation.

Significant Events

Mop up and secure perimeter of last night’s firing operation southwest of Redondo Peak. Mop up, patrol, and rehab efforts continued on all other portions of the fire.


Planned Actions

The fire suppression rehab group will continue work where appropriate. Mop up and patrol will continue on all portions of the fire.

Growth Potential


Terrain Difficulty



Portions of Hwy 4 will be reduced to one lane tomorrow for fire suppression rehab activity.

Current Weather

Wind Conditions 12 G 24 mph W
Temperature 81 degrees
Humidity 20 percent


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