Cajete Fire Update June 18, 2017 9:00 A.M.

Fire Information: 505-438-5300

Location: The fire is burning in the Jemez Ranger District on the Santa Fe National Forest, on both sides of NM Highway 4 along the southern boundary of the Valles Caldera National Preserve. The Cajete Fire started approximately one mile northeast of Vallecitos de los Indios (Sierra de los Pinos). The fire area runs along the East Fork of the Jemez River and is west of the 2011 Las Conchas Fire burn scar and southeast of the 2013 Thompson Ridge Fire burn scar.

Start Date: June 15, 2017 Cause: Abandoned campfire Size: 1,367 acres Containment: 65%

Vegetation: Mostly ponderosa pine with some mixed conifer and aspen on the north slopes.

Resources Assigned: 323 personnel – 4 Type 1 Crews, 5 Type 2 crews, 9 engines, 1 dozer, 3 water tenders, 2 Type 1 helicopters, 1 Type 2 helicopter, and 2 Type 3 helicopters

Incident Command: California Interagency Incident Management Team 3, led by Mark von Tillow, Incident Commander, is managing the fire.

Current Situation: There was minimal growth overnight. Today fire crews will patrol and monitor established containment line along the northern perimeter of the fire, while additional crews construct and improve line on the southern perimeter. A team of firefighters will repel from helicopters onto Los Griegos Peak to begin scouting opportunities for direct fireline construction in rough terrain in an effort to contain the fire. Containment is expected to increase by the end of the current operational period.

Community Meeting Tonight: A fire update will be provided this evening at 6:00 pm at the Jemez Mountain Baptist Church in La Cueva.

Closures and Evacuations: NM Highway 4 will be reopened today at 12:00 noon. To ensure safety and security, law enforcement will provide escorts in both directions for motorists crossing through the burn area. Motorists should expect delays. Repopulation of residents who were evacuated during the fire will begin soon. As residents return home they should consider that as the Cajete Fire burned, refrigeration was temporarily lost, and frozen foods warmed. Care must be taken in handling food that may have been damaged.

Access to Area Attractions: All businesses and recreation sites in and around Jemez Springs are open and accessible, with the exception of the Jemez Falls and Redondo Campgrounds, and the Los Conchas Trail, which remain closed.

Values to be Protected: Businesses, recreation sites, multiple structures, and small communities including Vallecitos de los Indios to the south, La Cueva to the northwest and many ranches, homes and private land parcels. Several highuse recreation areas in proximity to the Cajete Fire include Jemez Falls, Battleship Rock, Jemez Canyon Overlook, several campgrounds and trails. Sacred sites and other cultural resources. The Wild and Scenic Jemez River, and threatened and endangered species, including the Jemez Mountain salamander.

Smoke: Smoke from the Cajete fire will continue to impact air quality in the Rio Grande Valley. Smoke tends to be heaviest in the morning after settling with cool air at night.

Drones: Drones pose a serious risk to firefighting and can cause air operations to cease. The public is reminded that “If you fly, we can’t!”

Fire Information: Updates will be posted on InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5251/, as well as New

Mexico Fire Information website at nmfireinfo.com and on @SantaFeNF and http://www.facebook.com/SantaFeNF.

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