ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Fire crews are facing new challenges and new closures around the Thompson Ridge Fire in the Jemez Mountains.
Crews were supposed to burn out one of the most dangerous, fire-prone areas Saturday night, but the fire picked up, forcing crews to move a crucial containment line.
Officials say that initially they had hoped they could begin to draw down resources Sunday, but because of what the fire did Saturday night crews are now planning for at least two or three more days of intense work.
Fire officials say the flames got very active Saturday night on Redondo Peak, which is on the southern edge of this fire.
The fire started burning tree tops moving downhill toward the Vallez Caldera headquarters and historic district and then it burned south toward an area where crews wanted to do a slow controlled burn
Crews tried to take away some of the fire's speed by burning some fuels ahead of it but the fire moved too fast and ended up passing containment lines.
Because of that, early Sunday morning crews closed New Mexico Highway 4 between Highway 501 near Los Alamos and Highway 126 at La Cueva.
Residents are still allowed to go up there.
Crews say they closed the road to make it easier for fire traffic.
They are confident they'll be able to stop the fire before it comes to the road.
"We certainly believe so or we would not have chosen that line to work with. It is viable, we are going to be able to work in there and remove those fuels ahead of the fire, we've got some meadow to work with, we're looking to stop this fire right there," spokesman, Rick Hartigan, said.
No new evacuations have come with Highway 4's closure.
Crews are not sure how long they will keep the road closed.
The Thompson Ridge Fire has now burnt more than 20,000 acres.
Crews say it is 40 percent contained.
No public meetings are planned Sunday night.
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