ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Two forest fires continue their destructive expansions in the mountains above Santa Fe and in southwestern New Mexico.
The Silver Fire to ripping through the a section of the Gila National Forest has grown to 92,000 acres, 7,000 more than reported Wednesday.
It's still just 20 percent contained as it works its way northward through the Aldo Leopold Wilderness in the Black Range southwest of Truth or Consequences.
Firefighters are focusing on protecting homes and buildings and in the small town of Hermosa, which is about five miles from the flames.
There will be a public meeting Friday at 6 p.m. at the Upper Mimbres Volunteer Fire Department.
The Jaroso fire in the Pecos keeps getting bigger as well and has now charred over 10,000 acres mostly in the Pecos wilderness north and northeast of Santa Fe.
The fire remains uncontained and now poses a threat to the watershed that feeds the Pecos River.
On Wednesday, the fire grew tremendously to the south and east. The fire is now approximately a half mile from the Pecos River.
Fire officials said residents living in communities south and east of the fire need to prepare for possible evacuations.
Camp Davis and structures along State Route 276 and State Route 60 are considered threatened.
About 90 firefighters and a helicopter are battling the flames in some very steep and rugged terrain.
Official fire updates:
Silver Fire, June 26 p.m. update
The fire has grown to 92,000 acres and is still 20 percent contained. No residences have been damaged or destroyed. Firefighters continue to do structure protection. The fire continues to remain active with moderate to high fire spread along the northern and western flanks in the Aspen Mountain area.
The closure remains in effect for NM Hwy 152, FS Hwy 150, trails and campground closures in the Aldo Leopold Wilderness area.
Fire Activity is backing westward along the Continental Divide with short uphill runs back into the black. Isolated fire activity is occurring south of Hwy 152 in the SW corner.
There will be a public meeting June 28th at 6pm at the Upper Mimbres Valley Volunteer Fire Station.
- Date Reported: 06/7/2013
- Number of Personnel: 705
- Location: Vicinity of Kingston, N.M.
- Cause: Lightning
- Size: 92,000
- Percent Contained: 20%
Jaroso Fire, Wednesday June 26, 6 p.m.
Public meeting scheduled for Friday, June 28 at 5 p.m. at the Pendaries Lodge in Rociada.
- Date Reported: 06/10/2013
- Number of Personnel: 132
- Location: Espanola and Pecos-Las Vegas Ranger Districts within the Pecos Wilderness
- Equipment: 5 engines
- Crews: 1 Type 1, 2 Type 2 Initial Attack Crews
- Cause: Lightning
- Aircraft: 3 helicopter, 5 air tankers, 2 single-engine air tankers
- Size: 9,403 acres based on Infrared flight (Update Thursday a.m.: 10,167 acres)
- Injuries to Date: None
- Evacuations: none
- Percent Contained: 0%
On Thursday, June 26 at 6:00 p.m., a Wildland Fire Management Team, led by Incident Commander Brad McBratney, will assume command of the Jaroso Fire. A Wildand Fire Management Team offers the fire suppression skills of a veteran Type II Team, and has additional skills and qualifications to help plan for longer-duration fires.
The Jaroso Fire is burning in the rugged, steep, deep canyons of the Pecos Wilderness. It is burning in mixed-conifer, heavy dead and down, woody material with pockets of bug-killed trees, and has burnt through the entire 1300-acres of blowdown from 2007.
Today's Significant Events:
During this morning's air reconnaissance flight, fire behavior was moderate, and winds were light in the fire area. This gave fire managers an opportunity to utilize air suppression resources with both retardant and water drops to slow the fire's progress on the south and east perimeter. The fire is burning south of Pecos Baldy toward the Pecos River. The spot fire that had been detected on the east side of the Pecos River last evening, did not establish itself and wasn't visible in the morning recon.
On the west side of the fire it continues to burn in the Rito Jaroso area. There has been no fire growth on the northern side of the fire. There are no evacuations at this time, but for information about how to prepare in the event of an evacuation, please read the Ready, Set, Go guide .
As a precautionary measure, additional air and ground resources have been ordered to protect values at risk that are located south and east of the fire. Crews are scouting the area above Jack's Creek for natural trails and features that can be used if needed as fireline.
Values at risk south of the fire include: Jack's Creek Campground, Iron Gate Campground, Panchuela Campground and structures and homes in Grass Mountain, Pecos Canyon Estates, Winsor, Cowles and the Panchuela area. Values at risk east of the fire include: an electronic site, and numerous structures and homes in Ledoux, South Carmen, Upper Rociada, Gascon, Camp Davis and structures along State Road 276 and Forest Service Road 60.
expected to settle in communities below the active fire, in Pecos Canyon and may impact Santa Fe tonight. There is a potential for smoke impacts in the Santa Fe area tomorrow morning, extending north towards Espanola and south along the Rio Grande towards Santo Domingo Pueblo. Information on wildland fire smoke and your health can be found on the New Mexico Department of Health's website .
Includes above normal temperatures, sunny with lighter winds. Temperature: 80 degrees. Relative humidity: 14 percent. Winds: Terrain Driven 8 MPH.
Santa Fe National Forest Fire Restrictions and Closures:
The entire Santa Fe National Forest is closed to the public, with the exception of the Rio Chama Scenic River corridor and the Valles Caldera staging area. The entire Pecos Wilderness including access from the Carson NF (Santa Barbara area) is closed to public entry for the protection of human health and safety. For additional restriction and closure information, please visit: www.firerestrictions.us/nm or http://www.fs.usda.gov/santafe/
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