Poso Fire Update – June 11, 2021: The Northern New Mexico Type 3 Incident Management Team aims to implement management tactics to meet multiple resource objectives.

Poso Fire Update – June 11, 2021  

EL RITO, NM – June 11, 2021 – In order to take advantage of the lightning caused Poso Fire, the Northern New Mexico Type 3 Incident Management Team aims to implement management tactics to meet multiple resource objectives. Some of which are, returning natural fire into the eco-system to promote forest health, reduce hazardous fuels to reduce the risk of severe wildfires, and limit firefighter exposure. Aerial firing operations were conducted yesterday evening to test the effects of future backfiring. This backfiring helps remove excess fuels which will allow the Poso Fire to burn in a moderate manner as it makes its way to the prepared containment perimeter.  

Start date: May 29, 2021  

Location: Carson NF, El Rito Ranger District, 10 miles north of El Rito, adjacent to FR123  

Cause: Lightning Size: 195 acres Percent Contained: 0%  

Resources: 3 hand crews, 1 wildland fire module, 3 Type 6 engines, 1 Type 3 helicopter, 1 dozer, 1 masticator, 1 grader, 2 water tenders, 1 ambulance, 1 Rapid Extraction Module (REM) Team, 1 unmanned area system (drone)  

Fuels: Ponderosa pine and mixed conifer  

Operations: Firefighters continue to prepare containment lines around the Poso Fire management area as well as planning for aerial firing operations. Fire managers used the evening and nighttime weather to initiate fire within the footprint to observe the how the fire will respond to the fuels and topography with the observed current conditions. Firefighters are using helicopter operations for aerial firing but this wildfire also provides a unique opportunity to use new technologies such as the “unmanned aerial system” which is a drone used to observe and record fire progression as well as an alternative to helicopters to put fire on the ground from the air.  

Weather: Mostly sunny with areas of smoke in the morning, 0% chance of rain, maximum temperatures of 80 to 84 degrees, minimum humidity 5 to 9%, winds out of the west-southwest at 4 to 7 mph.  

Values at risk: Vallecitos watershed, cultural and historical sites  

Smoke: As fire increases in size and firing operations commence, smoke may be visible from the communities of Abiquiu, Canjilon, Cañon Plaza, Vallecitos, La Madera, El Rito, Ojo Caliente, Petaca, Las Tablas and Tres Piedras which may continue to show for several days. For information on air quality and protecting your health, please visit https://nmtracking.org/fire.  

The health and safety of firefighters and the public are always the first priority. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. For information on the HEPA filter loan program, go to https://facnm.org/smoke/ or contact the El Rito Ranger District 575-581-4554.  

A Temporary 24 hour Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place over the fire. Unauthorized use of unmanned aircraft (also known as “drones”) in a fire area endangers the lives of pilots and firefighters and is strictly forbidden. Never fly unmanned aircraft over or near a wildfire whether there is a TFR (Temporary Flight Restriction) in effect or not. Visit https://www.nifc.gov/drones and Know Before You Go for more information on drones and wildfires.  

Fire updates will be posted on the Carson NF Website, New Mexico Fire Information website, Inciweb and on the Carson Facebook and Twitter. 

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