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Pacheco Wildfire chars 10,000+ acres, 55% contained in Santa Fe National Forest--video extras

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Crews from the Santa Fe National Forest are responding to a wildfire in Pacheco Canyon north and east of Santa Fe near Tesuque. The fire is reported to be about 10,000 acres at this time and burning actively.

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Smoke is visible from Los Alamos, Santa Fe, U.S. Highway 285 and I-25 north of Santa Fe. 

Los Alamos County fire officials said they have been made aware of the wildfire, located in a remote section of the forest and that no response by local firefighters is anticipated at this time.

The fire is moving away from populated areas, according to officials. Barring a substantial change in the status of the fire, this will be the final update. 

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

Here's the latest from the forest service as of Tuesday evening:

Summary: The fire has been turned back to the local district and is in a monitor status. Rehabilitating the suppression lines continued, returning them to a more natural state, preparing them for seeding and preventing their future use as trails. In addition, the removal of equipment and supplies from the forest continued.

Cause: The Santa Fe National Forest is requesting that anyone having knowledge of or having been in the vicinity of the Pacheco Fire (north of Aspen Ranch by the Borrego Trail) between June 17 and June 18 please contact the Santa Fe National Forest at (505) 438-5372.

Smoke: Again today, very little smoke was generated on the Pacheco Fire, but smoke remains a concern in the area. The communities in the region will continue to be impacted by smoke as fires continue to burn. Smoke sensitive persons in these areas need to be alert to this possibility and be prepared to take any necessary precautions. For more smoke information and air quality forecasts, please visit the New Mexico Environment Department's website at http://www.nmenv.state.nm.us/aqb/WildfireSmokeResources.htm.

Other websites with useful information concerning smoke are:

http://smoke.airfire.org/sw-outlook

http://smoke.airfire.org/sw-outlook/map

http://smoke.airfire.org/sw-monitoring

Road and Fire Area Closure: New Mexico Route 475 is closed east of Ten Thousand Waves near the Hyde Park area at mile marker 5. New Mexico Route 592 is closed near Tesuque area and Forest Road 102. New Mexico Route 63 is closed in the Pecos Canyon at mile marker 12.

The Fire Area Closure for the Pacheco Fire remains in effect. Review it at: www.fs.fed.us/r3/sfe/conditions/index.html

Open and active: Communities around the Pacheco Fire remain open and accessible including Tesuque, Pojoaque, Nambe, Santa Fe, and Pecos.

Fire Restrictions: With the exception of sections of the Coyote Ranger District and the Cuba Ranger District, the lands of the Santa Fe National Forest are now closed to all public access. The detailed list of what is off limits (restricted) is now available. For that list please visit: http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/sfe/. Stage II restrictions are still in effect on National Forest System Land north of NM 96 and west of NM 550.

In addition, contiguous lands administered by New Mexico Department of Game and Fish and New Mexico State Parks are also under closure. Please visit http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/ and http://www.publiclands.org/firenews/NM.php for more information.

Basic Information

 

Incident Type

Wildfire

Cause

Under Investigation

Date of Origin

Saturday June 18th, 2011 approx. 03:17 PM

Location

9 miles north of Santa Fe

Incident Commander

Jamie Long

Current Situation

 

Total Personnel

78

Size

10,250 acres

Percent Contained

55%

Fuels Involved

Timber (litter and understory) Heavy dead and down fuels, mixed conifer

Fire Behavior

No observed fire behavior.

Significant Events

Completed the rehabilitation of the control lines in Divisions A, B, D, X and Z. Completed back haul of all cargo and removed all personnel off line.

Outlook

 

Planned Actions

Monitor fire and continue rehab and back haul resources where needed

Growth Potential

Low

Terrain Difficulty

Extreme

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