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Thompson Ridge fire consumes 12,171 acres

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Yesterday and last night, lower temperatures and slightly higher humidity created more favorable conditions on the fire. The west perimeter control line showed no heat last night. The north perimeter control line had burnout operations throughout the night extending east to Valles Caldera (VC) Road 02. The east control line continues to be prepared and improved along VC Road 02 south to the Valles Caldera Headquarters Historic District. The south control line along VC Road 02 will continue to be prepared and improved while monitoring the Redondo Peak south facing slopes.

Today, the most activity is anticipated in the northeast portion of the interior, with some portions of the north interior filling in isolated pockets of fuels.

Please follow the Thompson Ridge Fire on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ThompsonRdgFire .

Evacuations: An evacuation order remains in effect for Thompson Ridge, Rancho de la Cueva and Elk Valley.

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. Smoke sensitive persons in these areas need to be alert to this possibility and be prepared to take any necessary precautions.  

Road and Fire Area Closure: 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.

Open and active: 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 the area.

 

Here's the latest rundown of resources being used to battle the Thompson Ridge blaze:

 

 

Acres: 12,171

Start date: May 31, 2013

Cause: Downed powerline

Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve, NM

Containment: 5 percent

Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine

Terrain: Steep, rugged

Resources: 23 crews, 36 engines, 8 water tenders, 2 dozer

Total personnel: 816

Available air support: 3 air tankers, 7 helicopters