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Thompson Ridge remains 80% contained, weather cooperates

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The Thompson Ridge wildfire that's charred nearly 24,000 acres in the Jemez Mountains west of Los Alamos during the past two weeks is now 80 percent contained with little growth in new fire activity, according to a Monday morning update.

For the third consecutive day fire activity was restricted to unburned fuels within the interior where a total of four acres have burned since Friday. Minimal fire activity is expected today as crews continue rehab, mop up and patrol of the perimeter.

The Arizona Central West Zone Incident Management Team will be joined on the line by members of the Albuquerque Zone Type III Incident Management Team who will assume management of the fire at 6:00 am Tuesday.

The fire will continue to smolder through the interior where unburned fuels remain. Interior fire potential will increase Wednesday and Thursday with increasing temperatures and drying southwest winds.

Rehabilitation of fire damage will be addressed by the Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team. Specialists of different disciplines will work with the various agencies and pueblos affected by the fire to assess damage and recommend actions.

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.

Here's the rundown of resources currently committed to the firefighting effort:

Acres: 23,903

Start date: May 31, 2013

Cause: Downed powerline

Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve, NM

Containment: 80 percent

Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine

Terrain: Steep, rugged

Resources: 7 crews, 12 engines, 12 water tenders, 2 dozers

Total personnel: 526

Available air support: 3 helicopters