New Mexico’s Las Conchas wildfire grew overnight and has now razed some 103,842 acres. Yesterday’s mop up and burnout operations helped check the spread of the wildfire which remains 3 percent contained.
InciWeb reported today that although firefighters have largely held the fire within planned containment lines, the potential for erratic spreading and spotting of the fire in all directions should not be underestimated.
Las Conchas Wildfire Road Closures:
- NM Hwy 4 is closed at the Jemez Falls Campground and at NM Hwy 501;
- NM Hwy 502 westbound into Los Alamos is closed to all motorists. Access is controlled and limited to official traffic until further notification;
- NM State Road 126 is closed between MP 5 and MP 38 until further notice.
You can get updated road closure information via the NMDOT
Las Conchas Wildfire National Park, State Park and Public Land Closures and restrictions:
- Bandelier National Monument CLOSED (follow link for additional information)
- Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument CLOSED (follow link for additional information)
- Valles Caldera National Preserve CLOSED (follow link for additional information)
Santa Fe National Forest CLOSED (follow link for additional information)
- Jemez Ranger District – Campgrounds, day use picnic areas, and trails CLOSED
- Espanola Ranger District – Campgrounds, day use picnic areas, and trails CLOSED
- Pecos/Las VegasRanger District – Campgrounds, day use picnic areas, and trails CLOSED
- Cuba Ranger District – Campgrounds, day use picnic areas, and trails CLOSED
New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
- Bert Clancy CLOSED
- Terrero CLOSED
- Jamie Koch CLOSED
- Mora River CLOSED
- Monastery Lake CLOSED
New Mexico State Parks
- Hyde Memorial State Park CLOSED
- Fenton Lake State Park CLOSED
- Morphy Lake State ParkCLOSED
- Coyote Creek State Park CLOSED
- Cimarron Canyon State Park CLOSED
Fire Restrictions (effective June 23rd). Smoking (restricted to vehicles and enclosed buildings), fireworks, campfires and open fires are prohibited in the following State Parks: New Bluewater Lake, Bottomless Lakes, Brantley Lake, Caballo Lake, Cerrillos Hills, City of Rocks, Clayton Lake, Conchas Lake, Elephant Butte Lake, El Vado Lake, Heron Lake, Leasburg Dam, Living Desert, Mesilla Valley Bosque, Oasis, Oliver Lee Memorial, Pancho Villa, Percha Dam, Rio Grande Nature Center, Rockhound, Santa Rosa Lake, Storrie Lake, Sumner Lake, Ute Lake, Villanueva, Viet Nam Veterans and Eagle Nest Lake State Parks.
Las Conchas Wildfire Summary:
The Las Conchas wildfire broke out on Sunday June 26th, 2011 at approximately 01:00 PM approximately 12 miles southwest of Los Alamos off NM 4 at mile marker 35 and is currently 3% contained. According to the latest InciWeb report, 9 helicopters, 52 engines and 4 dozers and some 1,201 personnel – including 6 hotshot crews and 25 hand crews – are currently deployed. To-date 13 residences, 3 commercial properties and an estimated 103,842 acres of mixed conifer and ponderosa pine forest have been destroyed. The origin of the fire remains under the investigation.
An evacuation order has been issued for the City of Los Alamos and The Los Alamos National Laboratory, and a voluntary evacuation order for residents of White Rock remains in force.
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