• Lynn Myers

Three Rivers Fire Day Eight May 03,2021

As promised the I have included the latest map of the burn area of the Three Rivers Fire.

You will notice that there are several burn spots in front of the fire. These are due to embers carried by the wind landing in areas where there is a fuel source. The largest of which is near Dry Bear Canyon.

The weather has so far been kind to us however, winds could pick up during the week causing an affect similar to using a billow on cooling embers in your fireplace to reignite the fire. At this time, the fire is in what is called a hibernating state, which means that there are hot pockets of embers in dead/downed trees, slash, and standing snags. These are being watched but now major fire activity is expected over the next few days. What is expected is more creeping and smoldering in small pockets of heat. There may be small-scale surges in isolated areas mostly located in the Dry Bear Canyon and to a lesser extent in an area above Indian Creek. It is thought that due to the burn scar of the Little Bear Fire that the lack of fuel and the moisture experienced last week will contribute to the burn out of the fire.

The current statistics for the Three Rivers Fire are 7119 Acres with 23 % containment. There are 317 personnel working this fire and the expected containment date has not changed it is still June 04, 2021 approximately.

I did want to give you and idea of the size of this fire, for those who can’t visualize just how big an acre is. There are 640 acres in a section and a section equals 1 square mile. That means that as of 6:05 PM last evening May 02,2021 this fire was 11.12 sections or 11.12 square miles.

As for the Forestry closure I am including the map of the specific area that has been closed by the U.S. Forestry. I am also including the closure order posted yesterday. It is as follows:

Ruidoso, NM, May 2, 2021 – A closure order has been issued for a portion of the White Mountains Wilderness, located in the Smokey Bear Ranger District of the Lincoln National Forest. The purpose of this Order is to protect public health and safety during the Three Rivers Fire. The Order went into effect on April 30, 2021, at 6:00 AM and shall remain in effect until December 31, 2021, or until rescinded, whichever occurs first.

Please be advised that ALL National Forest System lands, roads, and trails within the exterior boundaries of the White Mountain Wilderness of the Lincoln National Forest, as depicted on the attached map, are part of the RESTRICTED AREA.

Violations of this order are punishable as a Class B misdemeanor by a fine of up to $5,000 for individual, $10,000 for organizations, or by imprisonment, or both.

For additional information pertaining to the Closure Order contact the Smokey Bear Ranger District at 575-257-4096 or the Lincoln National Forest Supervisor’s Office at 575-434-7200. For Three Rivers Fire information, please contact the fire information line at 575-386-5077.

One last reminder the fire area is a NO DRONE ZONE.

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