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Las Conchas Fire: Day 5

The information in this post is from InciWeb.

This fire was in New Mexico and has become the largest fire New Mexico has ever seen, since the Cerro Grande Fire.

Since it started June 26, 2011, it has burned “103,993 acres” at 5% containment, with 1,508 personnel battling the fire.

Los Alamos, NM has been evacuated with “no date for re-opening the town site to the general public [having] been announced yet.”  White Rock, NM is also under a “voluntary evacuation.”

What makes this fire an extreme thing to look at is the fact that it’s about “12 miles southwest of Los Alamos,” where a nuclear lab is located.  Among the lab, other dangers include a gas pipeline, along with “extensive cultural and archaeological sites, watersheds and riparian areas.”  Another issue is that the fuels involved in the growth of Las Conchas are extremely dry, making it much easier for the fire to increase in size and a good bit harder for the men and women to fight to distinguish it.

The image below is from InciWeb.

Map of the Area Burned by Las Conchas


July 1, 2011 Posted by | Fire Watch [of Other Places] | , , | Leave a comment

Pacheco Fire: Day 13

The information in this post comes from InciWeb.

Since 8 days ago, this fire has grown to “10,250 acres” at 55% containment, with 455 personnel on hand.  A very large change is that its growth potential is viewed as “low,” while its terrain difficulty is still viewed as “extreme.”

The picture below is from InciWeb.

View of Pacheco Fire

July 1, 2011 Posted by | Fire Watch [of Other Places] | , , | Leave a comment

Pacheco Fire: Day 5

This one is in New Mexico.

The information in this post is from InciWeb.

Since it began June 18, 2011, it has grown to 5,500 acres and is at 10% containment, with 625 amazing men and women working it.  So far, no towns have been evacuated; however, “New Mexico Route 475, also known as Hyde Park Road, and Artist Road are closed at mile post 9, at the [Santa Fe National] Forest boundary.”  To add, “Forest Service Road 102 to Pacheco Road is also closed.”

The current status of its potential to grow, along with its terrain difficulty, is at extreme making it harder to combat.

Some good news is that, according to the picture below from InciWeb, since its most destructive day on June 20, 2011, the growth of the fire has decreased.

Picture from InciWeb, showing expanse of fire

June 23, 2011 Posted by | Fire Watch [of Other Places] | , , | 1 Comment


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