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…