The late Friday update from the Central West Zone Incident Management Team indicates firefighers continue to make slow, but steady progress in containing the Thompson Ridge wildfire.
Very minimal fire activity was observed from the air and the ground today due to higher humidity, some rain on the northeast side of the fire, and cloudy skies overall. Firefighters continue to address hotspots on the south flank of the fire, patrol the perimeter of the fire, and mop-up further into the interior. Cleanup efforts began today with the removal of hoses, chipping of felled trees and cutting of snags.
Both lanes of Highway 4 are back open as the chipping and removal of vegetation is complete.
The pre-evacuation advisory of the Bennett Road subdivision has been lifted.
Here's an overview of the fire and resources currently committed:
Start date: May 31, 2013
Cause: Downed powerline
Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve, NM
Containment: 75 percent
Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine
Terrain: Steep, rugged
Resources: 13 crews, 29 engines, 29 water tenders, 3 dozers
Total personnel: 763 Available air support: 5 helicopters