Poso Fire Update – June 19, 2021
EL RITO, New Mexico – June 19, 2021 – A community meeting is scheduled for Vallecitos residents at the Vallecitos Volunteer Fire Department on Sunday June 20 at 11:30 am The Type 3 Incident Management Team is preparing to hand over control of incident to the local commander of Type 4 incidents as fire activity and smoke production decrease. The Carson National Forest began Stage 1 fire restrictions on June 16, 2021. Under Stage 1 restrictions, fires, campfires, charcoal grills and charcoal stoves and fireplaces are only allowed in furnished campsites or picnic areas with fireplaces or grills built by the forest service. . Campfires are prohibited in all campsites scattered in the forest. The order also prohibits welding, the use of an acetylene torch, or the use of any torch with an open flame within the boundaries of the Carson National Forest.
Start date: May 29, 2021
Site: Carson NF, El Rito Ranger District, 10 miles north of El Rito, adjacent to FR123
Cause: Flash Cut: 2057 acres Percent Complete: 45%
Resources: 1 crew, 2 Type 6 engines, 1 Type 3 helicopter, 1 bulldozer, 2 water supplies, 1 ambulance
Fuels: Ponderosa pine and mixed conifer
Operations: Fire crews will focus on maintaining and securing the fire to ensure the fire stays within established limits.
Weather: Mainly sunny in the morning, then partly cloudy, 30% chance of rain, highs 79-83, low humidity 20-24%, northerly winds 4-7 mph. Gusts and irregular winds are expected near the thunderstorms in the afternoon.
Values at risk: Vallecitos watershed, cultural and historical sites.
Smoke: 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 appear for several days. For more information on air quality and protecting your health, please visit https://nmtracking.org/fire. The health and safety of firefighters and the public is always the top priority. People sensitive to smoke and people with respiratory problems or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. For more information on the HEPA Filter Loan Program, visit https://facnm.org/smoke/ or contact the El Rito Ranger District at 575-581-4554.
A 24 hour temporary flight restriction (TFR) is in place over the fire. Unauthorized use of unmanned aircraft (also called “drones”) in a fire zone endangers the lives of pilots and firefighters and is strictly prohibited. Never fly an unmanned aircraft over or near a forest fire, whether or not a TFR (Temporary Flight Restriction) is in effect. 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, the New Mexico Fire Information website, Inciweb, and on Carson’s Facebook and Twitter pages.