Crooked Creek Complex Fire Update

FINAL FACT SHEET – Crooked Creek Complex – May 10, 2011 (3:00 pm)
Fire Behavior: Minimal fire behavior was observed today and firefighters continue mop-up operations on this fire that is now 100% contained. Firefighters will patrol fire lines through the burn period for the next few days.
Resources: Type IV Incident Command organization led by Troy Keller, will be supported by 1 engine, and 1 tender for a total of 5 personnel.

Detected: May 6, 2011
Cause: Lighting
Location: 15 miles northwest of Hope, NM
Current size: 18,196 acres
Containment: 80%
Agency: Bureau of Land Management (BLM), National Park Service (NPS), New Mexico State Forestry (NMSF), and private land.
Fuel Type: Brush and grass
Structures Threatened: No structures are threatened.

Monday May 10, 2011, 1:00AM
Fire Behavior: Light fire activity, with some interior smoke was observed on the fire today.
Resources: Pecos Zone Type III Team transitioned with a Type 4 Incident Commander Keller at 1800 hours and will conduct fire suppression activities. Approximately 14 personnel are currently assigned to the fire. Available resources from the Crooked Creek Fire have been reassigned to the Mayhill fire. Resources from the Bureau of Land Management, and area volunteer fire departments, and 1 helicopter will provide aerial reconnaissance; firefighters will continue mop-up and patrol fire.

9,192 acres are burning on the BLM, 631 acres on State Land and 2,063 acres are burning on private lands.

Acres: 18,196                           Start Date: May 6th 2011
Cause: Lightning                      Location: 15 miles northwest of Hope, NM
Containment: 70 percent       Fuels: Brush and grass
Terrain: Steep and Rugged   Resources: 3 engines, 1 water tender, 1 overhead, 1 helicopter
Total personnel: 14                 Structures: No Structures threatened/No Evacuations

Agency: Bureau of Land Management (BLM), New Mexico State Forestry (NMSF), and private land.

FACT SHEET – Crooked Creek Complex – May 9, 2011 (12:00 pm)
Fire Behavior: Topography and moderate to high winds have been contributing factors that have posed challenges to the firefighting efforts, however, good progress is being made today, and fire behavior is moderate.
A RED FLAG WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR TODAY THROUGH TUESDAY AFTERNOON FOR SOUTHEAST NEW MEXICO, DUE TO STRONG WINDS AND VERY LOW HUMIDITY.

Summary: Firefighters have finished their burn out operations and are using the assigned resources for assistance in areas of the fire that are smoldering and creeping. Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR) are in place over the fire, and Aircraft are assisting firefighting operations as needed throughout the day.

Detected: May 6, 2011
Cause: Lighting
Location: 15 miles northwest of Hope, NM
Current size: 18,196 acres- a more accurate estimate of size of the fire was mapped today by GPS.
Containment: 70%

Sunday, May 9th, 2011, 7:00 AM
Fire Behavior: The fire is burning in very steep, rugged terrain. Moderate to high winds were observed today, with hot, dry weather and other environmental factors which posed challenges for firefighters.
A RED FLAG WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR TODAY THROUGH TUESDAY AFTERNOON FOR SOUTHEAST NEW MEXICO, DUE TO STRONG WINDS AND VERY LOW HUMIDITY.

Summary: Today crews will focus on mop up of the fire line to ensure containment of the fire. The Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) remain in place over the fire as Aircraft are assisting firefighting operations as needed. Air resources include air tankers, a helicopter and a fixed wing aircraft (air attack) providing aerial reconnaissance and fire suppression support.

Resources: The Type III Incident Command Organization led by Eddie Tudor continues to manage the fire suppression activities. Approximately 222 personnel are currently assigned to the fire. Resources from the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, New Mexico State Forestry, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and area volunteer fire departments are involved in the firefighting activities.

10,614 acres are burning on the BLM, 5,890 acres on State Land and Private Land.

Acres: 16,578                              Start Date: May 6th 2011
Cause: Lightning                         Location: 15 miles northwest of Hope, NM
Containment: 30 percent           Fuels: Brush and grass
Terrain: Steep and Rugged        Resources: 7 crews, 19 engines, 2 water tenders
Total personnel: 222                  Structures: No Structures threatened/No Evacuations
Agency: Bureau of Land Management (BLM), New Mexico State Forestry (NMSF), and private land.
Fuel Type: Grass and Brush
Structures Threatened: None Closures: None

Stage I Fire Restrictions are in effect on Bureau of Land Management. Open Burning Restrictions are in effect on State and Private Lands. For further information regarding the Crooked Creek Complex and Fire Restrictions visit www.nmfireinfo.com

FACT SHEET – Crooked Creek Complex – May 8, 2011 (12:00 pm)
Fire Behavior: The fire continues to burn in very steep, rugged terrain. Strong winds are predicted for today as well hot, dry weather and is posing challenges for firefighters.
RED FLAG WARNING FROM 11AM TO 9 PM MDT FOR SOUTHEAST NEW MEXICO, DUE TO STRONG WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITY.
Summary: Crews continue to work the fire line to ensure that the fire remains in containment lines, and conducting burn out operations as needed. Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR) is in place over the fire, and Aircraft is assisting firefighting operations as needed throughout the day.

Detected: May 6, 2011
Cause: Lighting
Location: 15 miles northwest of Hope, NM
Current size: 16,577 acres
Containment: 20%

Sunday, May 8th, 2011, 8:00 AM
Fire Behavior: The fire is burning in very steep, rugged terrain, moderate to high winds, hot, dry weather and other environmental factors posed challenges for firefighters.
Summary: Today crews will work the fire line to ensure that the fire remains in containment lines by continuing to construct fire lines and burn out as needed. Aircraft will assist firefighting operations as needed throughout the day.
Resources: Type III Incident Command Organization led by Eddie Tudor is overseeing fire suppression activities. Approximately 130 personnel are currently assigned to the fire. Additional resources have been ordered and will be assigned to the fire as they arrive. Resources from the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, New Mexico State Forestry, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and area volunteer departments, air tankers, and a fixed wing aircraft (air attack) that is providing aerial reconnaissance; firefighters continue direct attack, and burning out when necessary.

9,192 acres are burning on the BLM, 631 acres on State Land and 2,063 acres are burning on private lands.

Acres: estimated at 15,000          Start Date: May 6th 2011
Cause: Lightning                            Location: 15 miles northwest of Hope, NM
Containment: 0 percent                Fuels: Brush and grass
Terrain: Steep and Rugged          Resources: 4 crews, 13 engines, 2 water tenders
Total personnel: 130                     Structures: No Structures threatened/No Evacuations
Agency: Bureau of Land Management (BLM), New Mexico State Forestry (NMSF), and private land.
Closures: None

 

Saturday, May 7th, 2011, 9:00 PM
Fire Behavior: The fire is burning in very steep, rugged terrain, moderate to high winds, hot, dry weather and other environmental factors posed challenges for firefighters.
Resources: Type III Incident Command Organization led by Eddie Tudor is overseeing fire suppression activities. Approximately 130 personnel are currently assigned to the fire. Additional resources have been ordered and will be assigned to the fire as they arrive. Resources from the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, New Mexico State Forestry, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and area volunteer departments, air tankers, and a fixed wing aircraft (air attack) that is providing aerial reconnaissance; firefighters continue direct attack, and burning out when necessary.

9,192 acres are burning on the BLM, 631 acres on State Land and 2,063 acres are burning on private lands.

Acres: estimated at 15,000              Start Date: May 6th 2011
Cause: Lightning                                 Location: 15 miles northwest of Hope, NM
Containment: 0 percent                     Fuels: Brush and grass
Terrain: Steep and Rugged               Resources: 4 crews, 13 engines, 2 water tenders
Total personnel: 130                          Structures: No Structures threatened/No Evacuations
Agency: Bureau of Land Management (BLM), New Mexico State Forestry (NMSF), and private land.
Structures Threatened: None
Closures: None

May 7, 2011 – 10:00 am
Summary: The crooked creek complex consists of three fires that were believed to be caused by lightning. The fires were originally known as the 3000 acre Crooked Creek Fire and the 7000 acre Felix Fire. A third 30 acre fire that was not named is also included in the Crooked Creek Complex.
Yesterday and overnight initial attack crews made some progress on securing the fire lines using engines, hand crews and air tankers. Today’s plan is to use hand crews, engines and air tankers to continue securing the fire line.
The Pecos Zone Type III Incident Management Team (Tudor IC) took over management of the Crooked Creek Complex as of 10:00 a.m. on 5/7/2011. Additional resources have been ordered and will be assigned to the fire as they arrive. The Crooked Creek Incident Command Post (ICP) has been set up at the Hope Volunteer Fire Station on US Highway 82 in Hope, NM.

Acres: estimated at 10,000                 Start Date:May 6th, 2011
Cause: Lightning                                   Location: 15 miles northwest of Hope, NM
Containment: 0 percent                       Fuels: Brush and grass
Terrain: Steep and Rugged                  Resources: 3 crews, 13 engines, 2 water tenders
Total personnel: 150                            Structures: No Structures threatened/No Evacuations