New Mexico (KRQE) - It's been a week since the Thompson Ridge Fire broke out in the Jemez Mountains, and it's now the largest of three major wildfire in the state.
As of Friday morning it was reported at more than 14,000 acres with 10 percent containment.
(See detailed fire updates below)
Officials say plumes of smoke could be seen in metro Albuquerque Friday.
The Valles Caldera National Preserve and Fenton Lake State Park remain closed.
Fire bosses also are discouraging traffic on State Route 4 from Jemez Springs to Los Alamos and State Route 126 from NM4 to Cuba due to the heavy traffic of firefighting vehicles.
Choppers and air tankers including the giant DC10 jet continues to drop water and retardant on the flames.
Firefighters are making a little progress on the Tres Lagunas fire in the Santa Fe National Forest north of Pecos.
It's been burning for about a week as well and is now 34 percent contained after charring over 10,000 acres.
Some people were allowed back to their homes Wednesday night, but folks north of Windy Bridge are still evacuated.
And the Sawmill Canyon Fire in Catron County about four miles southwest of Quemado Lake is at 42 acres.
It's just a half mile from homes, but crews have this one about 80 percent contained.
Lightning sparked this fire Wednesday.
Tres Lagunas Fire; Updated: Friday 8 a.m.
- Location: 10 miles north of Pecos
- Started: May 30
- Personnel: 973
- Cause: Downed power line
- Size: 10,048 acres
- Containment: 34 percent
- Fuels: Timber
Thursday: Crews took advantage of Thursday's wet weather and continued to construct direct hand lines and dozer lines to the most active fire areas which include the Northwest corner of Holy Ghost Canyon. Direct hand lines were constructed around the Southeast spot fires located West of Forest Rd. 92.
Today's Actions: Today crews will take advantage of increased atmospheric moisture over the fire. Direct fire and bulldozer lines will be constructed to tie in remaining active fire areas which include the Northwest corner of the Holy Ghost Canyon. Mop up will take place in the North, South and Southeast areas. The small spot fire north of Holy Ghost canyon was completely lined yesterday and will be mopped up today. Firefighters completed a partial fireline around the larger spot fire in Holy Ghost and expect to finish it today. Crews continue to build direct fireline around the cluster of spot fires on the east side of the fire.
The road block on Highway 63 is located at the Windy Bridge Day Use area at approximately mile marker 15.5. Individuals residing south of Windy Bridge have been allowed to return back to this area. Due to heavy fire traffic, please avoid driving on the highway before 8:00 a.m. and after 5:00 p.m. Returning residents are urged to drive slowly and use extreme caution. Areas north of Windy Bridge remain under evacuation. Forest Road 92 two miles north of the Bull Creek road remains closed.
Today's weather: 30% chance of rain over the fire. Relative Humidity 18-25%, Winds Southeast 8-12 mph in the morning changing to the Southwest in the afternoon gusting up to 20-25 mph.
Thompson Ridge Fire; Updated: Friday 8:30 a.m.
- Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve
- Started: May 31
- Personnel: 1,015
- Cause: Downed power line
- Size: 14,430
- Containment: 10 percent
- Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine
- Resources: 25 crews, 49 engines, 23 water tenders, 2 dozers
- Available air support: 3 air tankers, 4 helicopters
Summary: Overnight, the fire activity was quiet compared with previous nights. Work included securing the area around the Ranch Headquarters.
Today, crews will continue to mopup and patrol the area around the Headquarters and the east side of the fire. Along the west side of the fire, crews will continue to secure the perimeter and conduct mopup operations to ensure the safety of the adjoining communities. Work continues along the southern perimeter to prepare and improve containment lines along Valles Caldera Road 02, south of Redondo Peak.
Evacuations: An evacuation order remains in effect for Thompson Ridge, Rancho de la Cueva and Elk Valley. All points of entry to the Valles Caldera National Preserve are closed to public access due to fire activity. The Fenton Lake State Park is also closed to the public.
Local business and recreation: 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: Smoke from the Thompson Ridge Fire is evident in several communities. Communities in the region will be impacted by that smoke and that from other fires in the area.
Sawmill Canyon Fire; Updated: Friday 7 a.m.
- Location: 4 miles southwest of Quemado Lake
- Started: June 5
- Personnel: 125
- Cause: Lightning
- Size: 42 acres
- Fuels: Ponderosa pine, piñon juniper, grass, needlecast
Crews continued to strengthen
containments lines throughout the day and into the evening. The line has been mopped-up at least one chain in (66 feet), around the entire perimeter. Hotspots still remain in the interior of the fire. Helicopter bucket work was utilized on Thursday and will continue throughout the day today to continue cooling down these hotspots.
Todays weather predictions include the possibility of scattered showers and thunderstorms mainly after 12:00. Wind gusts and the possibility of dry lightning are also predicted over the west and north regions of the Gila National Forest.
Fire Managers will release some crews from the Sawmill Fire today some resources will remain available for initial attack in the event of predicted lightning.
Hotspots still remain in the interior of the fire. Helicopter bucket work was utilized on Thursday and will continue throughout the day Friday to continue cooling down these hotspots.
KRQE News 13 will have more updates as they become available.
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