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 newest fire in the Santa Fe area has ballooned in size to more than 6,000 acres. The latest report on the Jaroso fire in the Pecos Wildnerness came late last night before new infrared mapping could be done. A huge pyrocumulus cloud erupted from the area, creating opportunity for photographers and causing concern among local residents. But Santa Fe city hall has tried to calm fears, saying it is some 20 miles in a straight line from the city. It's burning in rugged terrain accessible only by helicopter. Only 60 personnel are assigned thus far and there is no containment.
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…
A new fire that erupted in the Pecos Wilderness after a lightning strike is believed to have grown to 1000 acres as of this morning. The Jaroso Fire is burning in steep terrain southeast of Chimayó. Fire officials expect high fire activity today as the area has hundreds of acres of downed trees felled in a strong wind incident some years ago. Meanwhile, good progress has been made in containing the Tres Lagunas Fire near Pecos with full suppression possible by this weekend. The 21,000 acre Thompson Ridge Fire in the Jemez is now 50% contained with very little new growth.
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...
On Thursday's midday report" An insurance company that insures homeowners against major sewer and waterline problems finds that Santa Fe City Council may be turning against it. We’ll speak with the company’s CEO about what they do… Santa Fe has a brand new member of the police department – a $127,000 SWAT team robot…And the state health department offers details about an unusual breakout of Hepatitis A…headlines...60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen...
After local news, we'll hear about those UNM Medical Center union job cuts as transcription work is outsourced. Mayor David Coss was among a coalition of mayors delivering remarks today in support of federal marriage equality. And the matter of providing care for caregivers is explored.