The Jaroso Fire burning some 20 miles NE of Santa Fe is at 3500 acres in extremely rugged terrain. The area is largely inaccessible to ground crews. Potential for growth is considered high as there are large swaths of dead and downed trees throughout the region. Meanwhile, good progress has been made at the 24,000 acre Thompson Ridge Fire in the Jemez with containment at 80%. The Tres Lagunas Fire near Pecos is 90% contained.
On Friday's midday report: As Santa Feans face restrictions on how many days a week they can water their vegetation, the small community of Mora County faces a near disaster because of the drought…On really hot days, more air cooling units ask for more electricity to deliver consumers more cool air. But PNM has a way of helping solve the peak demand problem, one air conditioner at a time….And Santa Fe says there’s plenty of parking around the new district courthouse. But not in its own garage…headlines...60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen...
The Jaroso Fire burning some 20 miles northeast of Santa Fe still has no containment. Estimates of its size range from 4-to-8 thousand acres but the intense heat of the blaze has been preventing accurate infra-red mapping. It's burning in very difficult terrain accessible only by helicopter. The area has almost a thousand acres of abundant ground fuels with vast stands of downed trees, felled by a severe wind incident some years ago.
On Thursday's midday report: More on the Whole Foods question of different languages being spoken in their stores. The ACLU is asking whether it's OK to speak Tibetan but not Spanish at work.... As police in Santa Fe continue to cite drivers for talking on a hand-held phone, the national AAA organization finds that hands-free is no safer....US Sen. Martin Heinrich of New Mexico calls for senate action on climate change….headlines...60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen...
Still no containment to report in the 8,000 acre-plus Jaroso Fire burning east of Española. The fire is in extremely difficult terrain accessible only be helicopter in a region with abundant ground fuels for further growth. A special tactical team takes on management of the fire as of today. Meanwhile, at the 23,000-acre Thompson Ridge Fire in the Jemez, containment has reached 60%. Current burning is occurring within its established perimeter line. Near Pecos, the Tres Lagunas Fire is at 80% containment and on track for full suppression this weekend.
After local news, a talk with The New Mexico Environmental Law Center on new, less restrictive "pit rules" for oil & gas developers. And we'll hear about record-breaking heat around the state and ways to avoid getting ill from it. plus...60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen
The latest report of the Jaroso fire burning in the Pecos Wilderness came from overnight infrared mapping and put its size at 360 acres. But the size of the plume visible from Santa Fe today suggests growth.
A Santa Fe fire manager estimates it to be 500 acres at 12 noon.
On Tuesday's midday report: The latest on the newest wildfire in the Pecos Wilderness. It hasn’t grown as much as they had feared – at least yet…We’ll speak with the chair of the Santa Fe Board of Education about plans to sue the state over the level of funding… It’s been so dry you may wonder why the National Weather Service is talking about Monsoon Awareness. Turns out it’s about
deadly lightning…And during the wildfire season, what does Santa Fe plan to do about 4th of July fireworks…
The union representing nurses at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center has just filed a complaint with state regulators over nurse staffing levels at the hospital. They say the hospital's administration has ignored nurses' concerns that staffing levels are too low to ensure patient safety.
The issue has been brewing for years. Today, union representatives say they filed with regulators several years worth of documentation to support their claim.
7 a.m. First News -- More containment is being reported at the 20,000 acre Thompson Ridge Fire in the Jemez though it did jump a southern flank fire line on Sunday prompting the partial closure of Highway 4. The more than 1000 personnel working the fire have achieved 40% containment. Efforts now are also being assisted by the deployment of some 20 members of New Mexico's National Guard providing logistical support.
On Friday's midday report: The new county courthouse in downtown Santa Fe opens Monday morning. We’ll hear from the chief judge about what it brings…We’ll put the question of power lines starting forest fires to a member of the Public Regulation Commission. Valerie Espinoza has already begun to raise the issue…What to do with wild horses and should they be rounded up at all?...headlines...60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen...