Riverside Fire Update

Friday, June 4, 2011, 8 a.m. Transition from the Pecos Zone Type 3 Team to a local Type 4 organization will occur today at 8:00 a.m.
There was a successful burnout operation conducted on the western perimeter and all divisions held on the fire yesterday. To help the ground resources, there were 5 SEATs supporting the multiple actions happening throughout the morning before they got reassigned to another incident.

Current Size: The fire is estimated at 4500 acres.

Summary:The objectives for the fire today are to patrol and mop up to secure the perimeter on Division M and Z. There is interior heat and unburned islands in Division A, so crews will patrol for hot spots and secure the perimeter .

Operations Section Chief, James Villard from the US Forest Service, stated “due to the excellent progress by the fire resources the fire is now 60% contained.“

Fire Behavior: Isolated fire spread along the flanks and interior burning in the islands was observed on the fire yesterday.

Predicted Weather: Isolated showers and thunderstorms – gusty and erratic winds around thunderstorms – are forecasted for the burn period today. The temperatures will be slightly cooler, RHs will be a little higher, and there is a 20% chance of precipitation.

Detected: June 1, 2011 at 5 p.m.                        Cause: Lightning
Containment: 60 percent                                     Location: 12 miles northeast of Hondo, NM
Fuel Type: Brush and heavy grass                       Terrain: Steep and Rugged

Resources: 6 Type 2 crews, 9 engines, 1 water tender, 1 Type 3 helicopter, and Air Attack. Some resources will be released today to help with other area fire activity.

Approximately 160 personnel are assigned to the fire.

Smoke from the fire had some impacts on the communities along State Highway 70 and 380 so please take precautions if you have any health or respiratory issues.

For more information, NMED’s website, http://www.nmenv.state.nm.us/aqb/Wildfire-PM.html, the DOH website http://www.health.state.nm.us/.

Structures Threatened: N/A

Values at Risk: N/A

Friday, June 3, 2011, 8:00 a.m.
Pecos Zone Type III Incident Management Team (Tudor IC) took over management of the Riverside Fire at 9 am yesterday. Rugged terrian and thunderstorm activity hampered control effects yesterday, and today crews will concentrate on keeping the fire south of Deadman Road and east of County Road 368.

Current Size: Estimated size is 3500 acres

Summary: The fire is burning in steep, rocky, inaccessible terrain north of Riverside, NM and burning on Private lands.

Fire Behavior: Observed fire activity yesterday was both minimal and very active. With the passing of thunderstorms, there was intermittent rain storms and and even hail was witnessed. That brief bit of moisture pacified the flaming front but the afternoon warming and drying conditions amplified the fire activity. Increased action on the west side of the fire was observed late last night.

Predicted Weather: Isolated showers and thunderstorms – gusty and erratic winds around thunderstorms – are forecasted for the burn period today.

Detected: June 1, 2011 at 5 p.m.                           Cause: Lightning
Containment: 60 percent                                        Location: 12 miles northeast of Hondo, NM
Fuel Type: Brush and heavy grass                        Terrain: Steep and Rugged
Resources: 5 Type 2 crews, 13 engines, 1 Type 3 helicopter, Air Attack and 4 SEATS. Additional resources are on order and should be arriving this morning.

Approximately 150 personnel are assigned to the fire.

Structures Threatened: N/A

Values at Risk: N/A

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