Commissary Fire Update (Santa Fe National Forest)

Type 3 Team to Assume Management Tomorrow
June 17, 2015; 10:00 A.M.
Location:
• Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest
• Approximately 13 miles east of Pecos and 2 miles south of Barillas Peak
Start Date: June 5, 2015, reported on Saturday, June 6, 2015
Size: Approximately 170 acres Percent Contained: 0%
Cause: Lightning Personnel Assigned: 140
Vegetation: Ponderosa pine, aspen, mixed conifer, grass and brush
Growth Potential: Low

Summary: The Commissary Fire on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District continues to burn naturally. Fire managers are monitoring and managing the fire as a tool to meet multiple resource objectives. The fire grew slowly overnight; the area received .22 of an inch of rain and is now approximately 170 acres.

As Fire Managers continue to wait for conditions to align, area preparations continue. Five Type 1 Hotshot Crews have arrived. Crews will concentrate on building and strengthening the planned area boundary along Forest Road 83. Several specialized pieces of equipment have also been ordered to assist the crews. One wood chipper is on site with another one on the way. A masticator, a rotating mulching head attachment often used with an excavator, will arrive later today. Fire Managers may conduct an aerial reconnaissance flight over the planned area this week.

Starting tomorrow at 6 A.M., the fire will be managed by the Northern New Mexico Type 3 Incident Management Team (NNMT3IMT). The primary mission of the Type 3 Team is to provide unit and agency managers with skilled and mobile personnel to assist with the management of wildland fire.

Fire crews are using a two-pronged approach on the Commissary Fire – suppressing it in certain areas to protect values such as the Barillas Fire Lookout Tower and managing it for resource benefit in other areas. Resource objectives for managed fire include improving wildlife and range habitat, encouraging regeneration of aspen, and improving watershed and overall forest health. Weather conditions, predicted fire behavior, and personnel resources must be aligned to meet these fire objectives.

Road Advisories: People are asked to use caution while driving from lower Colonias north on Forest Road 83 due to an increase in fire vehicle traffic.

Structures Threatened: None

Weather: Partly cloudy with isolated showers and thunderstorms in the morning. For the afternoon it will be mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms. A warming and drying trend is still expected through the weekend.

Resources Assigned:
• Firefighters: Six crews (Five Type 1 Hotshot Crews and one Type 2 hand crew)
• Heavy Equipment: One Type 2 Bulldozer, two chippers and one masticator.
• Forest Personnel: Firefighters, archeologists, public information officers, fire effects monitors, and resource advisors

Fire Information: Updates will be available on the New Mexico Fire Information website at nmfireinfo.com, @SantaFeNF and http://www.facebook.com/SantaFeNF.

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