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Thompson Ridge Fire: June 3 Evening Update

on June 3, 2013 - 10:57pm

Smoke-filled sky from the Thompson Ridge Fire looking west from Los Alamos. Photo by Leland Lehman/


Acres: 3,229; Start date: May 31, 2013; Cause: Under Investigation; Location: 10 miles north of Jemez; Containment: 5 percent; Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine; Terrain: Steep, rugged; Resources: 14 crews, 32 engines, 4 water tenders, 2 dozers; Total personnel: 591 Available air support: 5 helicopters.

Summary: Today like yesterday, weather was the fire story.

Thompson Ridge; Tres Lagunas Fire Updates - Morning of June 3

on June 3, 2013 - 12:00pm

Thompson Ridge Fire approximately a half-mile from homes this weekend as firefighters battle the blaze with buckets of slurry dropped from the air. Photo by Ron Brown

Thompson Ridge Fire at 1:22 p.m., June 1. Photo by Ron Brown

Thompson Ridge Fire at 5:45 p.m., May 31. Photo by Ron Brown

Thompson Ridge Fire at 9 p.m., June 2 approximately a half-mile from homes. Photo by Ron Brown

Staff Report

June 3, 2013 9 a.m.

Acres: 2,229

Start date: May 31, 2013

Cause: Under Investigation

Location: 10 miles north of Jemez

Containment: 5 percent

Fuels: Mixed

Updates on Thompson Ridge, Tres Lagunas and Calf Fires

on June 2, 2013 - 9:56pm

Panoramic view of the Thompson Ridge Fire taken at 3:30 p.m. today east of Redondo. Photo by Brian McCool

Helicopters get water from Fenton Lake at 3 p.m. today. Photo by Brian McCool

Staff Report

Thompson Ridge Fire
  • Time/Date Reported: May 31, 2013, 2:40 p.m.
  • Location: 8 miles northeast of Jemez Springs near La Cueva
  • Legal Description: T19N, R3E, Sec 9
  • Cause: Human, downed power line
  • Fuels: Grass, Ponderosa Pine, Brush, Mixed Conifer
  • Size: Approximately 1,200 acres
  • Percent Contained: 0
  • Resources Committed: 4 Type 1 Interagency Hotshot Crews, 1 Type 1 Helicopters, 1 Type 3 Helicopter, 9 engines

Thompson Ridge Fire Burning Valles Caldera Land West of Redondo Peak

on June 2, 2013 - 12:05pm

Taken a short time ago today above La Cueva facing east, the Thompson Ridge Fire is burning on Valles Caldera National Preserve land west of Redondo Peak. Fire crews report that the terrain is difficult to work in. Weather is not posing a major problem today because so far the winds are light and blowing from the south. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Bandelier Enters Stage II Fire Restriction!

on June 2, 2013 - 9:58am

Ponderosa Campground. Photo by Sally King


Stage II Fire Restrictions will go into effect for Bandelier National Monument at midnight Wednesday, June 5, and will remain in effect until weather conditions change. 

“These restrictions are a result of high fire danger, low fuel moistures, and regional fire preparedness level. We have been experiencing many warm windy days and these restrictions will reduce the threat of human caused fires in the monument,” Park Superintendent Jason Lott said.

Bandelier National Monument staff remind visitors that under Stage II fire

MODIS Images of Thompson Ridge Fire

on June 2, 2013 - 9:01am
MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) images of the Thompson Ridge Fire as of about 11 p.m. Saturday, June 1. Courtesy/Bill Knight, Los Alamos

Posts Live from Van Cliburn International Piano Competition: Introduction

on June 1, 2013 - 10:07am
Posts Live from Van Cliburn International Piano Competition
By ANN McLaughlin
On a spring day in 1958, a gangling young man perched atop the back seat of an open Chrysler Imperial as it rolled down 5th Avenue in New York.  Confetti and ticker tape swirled down. People packed the sidewalks and strained to catch a glimpse of him. He was not a visiting head of state, or a military hero, or a sports luminary. He was an American, he was a pianist and he had just won the first International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.

The Tchaikovsky Competition was conceived as a demonstration

Repair Work to Cause Temporary Closure of Bandelier's Alcove House

on May 31, 2013 - 10:44am
One of the ladders leading up the cliff to Alcove House, Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS

For months, the stonework of the kiva at Alcove House (formerly known as Ceremonial Cave) in Bandelier National Monument has become more and more unstable.


Recently that part of the alcove was fenced off as a temporary measure so visitors could go up the ladders and enjoy the rest of the alcove while staying clear of any rocks that might break off from the weakened kiva walls.

Column: Valles Caldera Faces Troubled Future

on May 31, 2013 - 9:27am
Column by TOM RIBE
Santa Fe

The beautiful Valles Caldera National Preserve atop the Jemez Mountains faces a troubled future if Congress doesn’t act soon.
This vast volcanic wild and beautiful place is often cited by visitors as “national park quality.” The legislation that created the Preserve in 2000 expires in 2020 and if congress does nothing, the Preserve will cease to exist as a protected place and will become general multiple use Forest Service land with no staff and virtually no protection of any kind.

How could this happen?

Luján Announces $180,000 in Economic Development

on May 31, 2013 - 8:08am

Rep. Ben Ray Luján


SANTA FE - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District has announced that the North Central New Mexico Economic Development District will receive $180,000 through the Economic Development Administration to assist with efforts to increase private capital investments and job creation in the region.

"A comprehensive strategy to promote economic growth is essential in the effort to attract businesses that can create jobs in the private sector," Luján said.