THREE RIVERS FIRE UPDATE

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As of 12:00 PM 4.29.2021:

Three Rivers Fire – April 29, 2021 Morning Update
Acres: 12,000 acres
Percent Containment: 5%
Date/Time Detected: 8:42 am, April 26, 2021
Resources Assigned: 168
Structures burned: 0
Cause: Unknown, under investigation
Origin/Location: ½ mile north of Three Rivers Campground; fire has spread towards both Ski Apache and the South Fork/Bonito area.
Crews Continue to Work After Rain Douses Fire Overnight
The fire saw no growth yesterday or today and remains at 12,000 acres. The 12,000 acres includes hot spots that are separate from the main burned area.
Widespread scattered precipitation yesterday and last night has kept fire spread minimal. Increased moisture and humidity have slowed spread through grasses; dead and downed fuel is currently smoldering. Fire activity is expected to increase later in the day and wind direction is expected to shift, blowing the fire back onto already burned areas.
The fire will become more active again as warmer weather returns Saturday. Today crews will continue to scout and construct line along the southern perimeter and assess and plan for structural protection at Ski Apache, Lookout Mountain, other infrastructure and residences northeast of the fire perimeter, should it be required in the future.
RESIDENTS SHOULD REMAIN VIGILANT AND PREPARED FOR EVACUATIONS IN THESE AND ADDITIONAL AREAS IF FIRE BEHAVIOR INCREASES.
ROAD CLOSURES
• Bonito Canyon Road past the Bonito Lake Dam
• Nogal Canyon Road past the Nogal Peak trailhead
• Three Rivers Trailhead and Campground
• Monjeau Lookout at Sierra Vista
Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. As a reminder, every time a drone is seen near the fire all aircraft are grounded until we can be sure the drone is clear of the area. For more information visit Know Before You Fly, http://knowbeforeyoufly.org.
Fire Information Public Phone Line: 575-386-5077
Fire Information Media Phone Line: 575-386-5108

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/ThreeRiversFire2021

As of 10:00 PM 4.28.2021:

Three Rivers Fire – April 28, 2021 Evening Update. Cooler Weather Slows Three Rivers Fire Growth
Acres: 12,000
Percent Containment: 5%
Date/Time Detected: 8:42 am, April 26, 2021
Structures burned: 0
Number of Resources: 168
Cause: Unknown, under investigation
Origin/Location: ½ mile north of Three Rivers Campground; fire has spread towards both Ski Apache and the South Fork/Bonito area.
Southwest Type 1 Team 2, led by Incident Commander Dave Bales, assumed management of the fire this morning. Cooler, wetter weather resulted in minimal fire growth today. To protect private land direct fire line (building line as close to the fire edge as possible) and indirect fire line (building control line ahead of an approaching fire) were constructed. Sacramento and Smokey Bear Hotshot Crews worked to minimize fire growth on the Mescalero Apache Reservation. Crews also focused on scouting the most optimal locations for fire lines to protect Ski Apache and Lookout Mountain. Engine crews assessed and planned for structural protection in the Bonito Subdivision, should the fire continue to move in that direction.
EVACUATIONS LIFTED IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS: Nogal Canyon Area (up to the Nogal Peak Trailhead), Bonito Canyon Area up to the Bonito Lake Dam, Church Mountain, Ranchman’s Camp, Loma Grande, Cora Dutton, Magado, Ski Apache up to the Eagle Lakes turn, Villa Madonna
RESIDENTS SHOULD REMAIN VIGILANT AND PREPARED FOR EVACUATIONS IN THESE AND ADDITIONAL AREAS IF FIRE BEHAVIOR INCREASES.
ROAD CLOSURES
• Bonito Canyon Road past the Bonito Lake Dam
• Nogal Canyon Road past the Nogal Peak trailhead
• Three Rivers Trailhead and Campground
• Monjeau Lookout at Sierra Vista
Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. As a reminder, every time a drone is seen near the fire all aircraft are grounded to prevent a collision until we can be sure the drone is clear of the area. For more information visit Know Before You Fly, http://knowbeforeyoufly.org.
Fire Information Public Phone Line: 575-386-5077
Fire Information Media Phone Line: 575-386-5108

As of 11:00 AM 4.28.2021:

THREE RIVERS FIRE MORNING UPDATE: April 28, 2021. Fire receives more rain and snow.
Fire Size: 12,000 acres
Containment: 5%
Cause: Unknown, Under Investigation
Resources: 8 Engines, 6 Type-1 Crews, 1 Type-2 Crew, 2 Helicopters, 1 Bulldozer, 1 Water Tender. Additional resources have been ordered and will be arriving today. Total Personnel: 210
Date/Time Detected: 8:42 am, Monday, April 26, 2021
Location: The fire started half a mile north of Three Rivers Campground and has spread almost to Ski Apache and into the Big Bonito area.
Fire Update: The Type-1 Incident Management Team took command of the fire at 6 am this morning. Crews have been divided into three divisions and will be focusing on constructing fire line on the south end of the fire, working their way to the east and north. The southeastern portion of the fire is in particularly rough terrain, making firefighter’s work even more challenging for every mile of fire line they build. Despite harsh conditions, this area remains a top priority because of the multiple values at risk ahead of the fire, including homes and Ski Apache.
Firefighter safety remains a serious concern given the White Mountain Wilderness’s rough terrain and limited access. When considering how to fight a fire, Fire Management personnel must consider how to safely get firefighters in and how to get them out in case of an emergency.
Rain and snow are falling again today, which is lessening fire activity. Up to a ½ inch of rain is expected on portion of the fire. Precipitation and higher humidity levels around 30 percent will slow the fire, however winds are still expected to be erratic along the mountain ridges.
The fire has burned into the Little Bear Fire Scar, where there is less vegetation to burn, but drier fuels (aka logs and grasses) on the forest floor. Fuel moisture levels for the dead and down wood in this area of the fire are at 7 percent compared to a normal of 17 percent for this time of year.
Acreage Explained: Yesterday, new acres were reported at 12,000. The 12,000-acre number represents the entire fire perimeter; however, there are large portions of unburnt forest encompassed within the larger fire perimeter. Today, first-hand firefighter knowledge from the field and geospatial technicians who arrived with the team will use up-to-date data and mapping technology to pinpoint both the main fire and smaller spot fires. We expect this number to decrease. Updated acreage will be released later today.
The fire crossed onto the northern section of Mescalero Apache Tribal Land. Mescalero and the Forest Service are now working in conjunction on fire management activities. The fire remains at 5 percent contained. There are no reported injuries, and no structures have burned.
Smoke: Smoke from the fire will be most intense in the afternoon. Smoke will be visible from Highway 54 and will move to the northeast into Alto, Capitan, and Ruidoso communities. Those with respiratory conditions are encouraged to stay indoors with the windows closed and use an air conditioner with a filter if possible.
Evacuations: Evacuation notices have been lifted in the following areas.
• Nogal Canyon Area (until the Nogal Peak Trailhead)
• Bonito Canyon Area up to the Bonito Lake Dam. Tanbark remains evacuated.
• Church Mountain
• Ranchman’s Camp
• Loma Grande
• Cora Dutton
• Magado
• Ski Apache Up to the Eagle Lakes turn
• Villa Madonna
RESIDENTS SHOULD REMAIN VIGILANT AND PREPARED FOR EVACUATIONS IN THESE AND ADDITIONAL AREAS IF FIRE BEHAVIOR INCREASES.
Road Closures
• Bonito Canyon Road past the Bonito Lake Dam
• Nogal Canyon Road past the Nogal Peak trailhead
• Three Rivers Trailhead and Campground
• Monjeau Lookout at Sierra Vista
You can expect another post this evening.

As of 1:00 PM:

Three Rivers Fire Evacuations Update:
As of 1:00pm (1300), the following evacuations will be lifted:
• Ski Run Road up to the Eagle Lakes turn
• Villa Madonna
• the Bonito corridor below the Bonito Lake dam
• Nogal Canyon Road up to the Nogal Peak trailhead
AND all inhabited areas west of Highway 37 including
• Loma Grande
• Cora Dutton Road
• Ranchman’s Camp
• Magado
• The Church Mountain area will also be OPEN
• Tanbark Canyon will remain CLOSED at this time.
Please be aware that while these areas are allowed to be repopulated after 1:00pm on April 27th, 2021, THIS IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE due to fire activity levels and weather. Continue to be vigilant and prepared to be evacuated again from these areas or additional areas if there are any increases in fire behavior.

As of 7:15 AM

Fire has consumed 6, 100 acres and is still at 0% containment.
US Forest Service has created a facebook page solely for the Three Rivers Fire.
The link is below:
https://www.facebook.com/ThreeRiversFire2021/ 

 

As of 5:20 PM:

Fire crews are continuing to monitor fire activity.
Evacuations will remain in place throughout the night.
Highway 37 is NOT closed at this time, however, that might change throughout the night with the winds potentially picking up.
Residents are highly advised to stay out of the area unless it is an absolute emergency.
Please find other updates from the US Forest Service at the link below:
https://www.facebook.com/LincolnNF/ 

 

As of 3:40 PM from the Lincoln National Forest PIO:

Fire has consumed 4,000 acres and has reached the boundary of Ski Apache.

The fire is moving in a predominately NE direction.