Cajete Fire Update: June 19, 2017 7:00 p.m.

Fire Information: 505-438-5300                  Email: cajetefireinfo@gmail.com

Start Date: June 15, 2017    Cause: Abandoned campfire    Size: 1,412 acres    Containment: 85%

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

Resources Assigned:  416 personnel – 3 Type 1 Crews, 7 Type 2 crews, 13 engines, 1 dozer, 3 water tenders, 3 Type 1 helicopters, 1 Type 2 helicopter, and 1 Type 3 helicopter

Current Situation: Today crews on the fireline observed minimal fire activity. Heavy dead and down timber continues to burn in the interior of fire.  The uncontained section of the fire perimeter is within a snag patch (a section of standing dead trees) in the southeastern corner of the fire near Los Griegos Peak. The standing dead trees in this area, left by the 2011 Las Conchas fire, can fall suddenly, making this area too dangerous for firefighters to enter. This portion of the fire has been holding and is not expected to grow.

The helitack crew, a specially trained crew that is deployed by helicopter, repelled in to Los Griegos Peak yesterday and cleared a helispot for landing helicopters. Today this helispot was used to fly in firefighters, as well as supplies for the crews working in this area.

Firefighters have also begun fire suppression repair, working to remove signs of suppression activity and prevent erosion.

Motorists are urged to be aware of firefighting equipment in transit along Highway 4.

Weather: Thunderstorms developed this afternoon with limited moisture falling over the fire area. By midweek through Friday, record heat will begin to shift back east of the continental divide.

Closures and Restrictions: Stage 1 fire restrictions and a closure of the fire perimeter are in effect. Residents and visitors should avoid entering the burned area which is very hazardous.

Fire Safety:  Fireworks are prohibited within Santa Fe National Forest. Visitors are urged to follow campfire safety procedures to prevent wildfires and ensure public safety. Campfires are only allowed in an established campground fire ring. All fires must be fully extinguished prior to leaving the immediate area. If you discover an unattended campfire, use 911 to report it, and do what you can to put it out.

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 Las Conchas Trail, which remain closed. The Valles Caldera National Preserve is open. The Gilman Tunnel is closed for repair.

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 www.facebook.com/SantaFeNF.

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