Gage Fire Update

Sunday, June 5, 2011, 9:00 p.m. Summary: Due to the moisture and higher humidity’s from yesterday’s passing thunderstorms there was minimal to no fire activity today. The crews made excellent progress by making a complete fire perimeter grid by 1 p.m. today. Afternoon thunderstorms with wetting rains assisted the crews with mop up and bringing the fire closer to containment.

There was only one area of the fire that had internal heat and handcrews will patrol and catch hot spots today and tomorrow.

Objectives tomorrow will be to make another perimeter patrol and start rehabilitating dozer line that was used to corral the fire.

Current Size: The fire was mapped this afternoon at 1385 acres.

Fire Behavior: There was no fire threat or activity observed on the fire today.

Predicted Weather: Isolated showers (10% wetting rain) and thunderstorms – gusty and erratic winds around thunderstorms

Resources: Resources from Bureau of Land Management, New Mexico State Forestry, State of Idaho, State of Utah, US Forest Service and area volunteer departments responded.

Detected: June 3, 2011 at 5 p.m.                              Cause: Lightning
Containment: 75 percent                                            Location: 6 miles west of Piñon, NM
Fuel Type: Piñon and grass                                        Terrain: Steep and Rugged

Resources on scene tomorrow: 2 Type 1 crews and 2 Type 2 crews – other resources are being demobed and released to other fires in the area.

Approximately 60 personnel are assigned to the fire.

Cooperating Agencies: Otero and Eddy Counties

Structures Threatened: N/A

Values at Risk: Telephone/Phonelines, water lines, windmills, black pipe, grazing area.

Saturday, June 4, 2011, 10:00 p.m. Summary: The fire is burning in steep, rocky, inaccessible terrain west of the community of Piñon and burning on BLM, State, and Private lands. The fire is within the Mc Gregor Military Range’s “NO FLY ZONE”, so there will be no aerial support to help the ground resources.

Fire Behavior: The fire is surrounded by Surveyor Canyon and Wayland Canyon Road’s; the crew’s objectives are to keep the fire South and East of Surveyor Canyon Road and North and West of Wayland Canyon Road. Rugged terrain and thunderstorm activity hampered control efforts today but the sparse grasses in valley bottoms helped keep the fire subdued.

Predicted Weather: Isolated showers and thunderstorms – gusty and erratic winds around thunderstorms

Detected: June 3, 2011 at 5 p.m.                                    Cause: Lightning
Containment: 20 percent                                                 Location: 6 miles west of Piñon, NM
Fuel Type: Piñon and grass                                             Terrain: Steep and Rugged

Pecos Zone Type III Incident Management Team (Tudor IC) took over management of the fire at 4 p.m. from the local Type 4 organization.

Current Size: The fire is estimated at 1250 acres.

Resources: Resources from Bureau of Land Management, New Mexico State Forestry, State of Idaho, State of Utah, US Forest Service and area volunteer departments responded.

4 Type 2 crews, 11 engines, 1 water tender, 3 dozers and Air Attack

Approximately 150 personnel are assigned to the fire.

Cooperating Agencies: Otero and Eddy Counties

Structures Threatened: N/A

Values at Risk: Telephone/Phonelines, water lines, windmills, black pipe, grazing area.

For further information, see http://www.nmfireinfo.com/