Las Conchas Fire Now 70,000 Acres, Growth Stalled as Winds Abate (updated)

Winds in northern New Mexico diminished somewhat overnight and are expected remain light for the next few days. Las Conchas fire command are mapping out plans to control this 70,000 acre beast. Las Conchas incident command has placed containment at 3%. The fire has burned 12 homes.

Update: Winds back in forecast –KRQE.com Reports gusts to 35 mph expected today.

Facts:
Number of Personnel: Approximately 350 personnel including three hotshot crews and nine handcrews .
Location: Approximately 12 miles southwest of Los Alamos off NM 4 at mile marker 35
Fuels: Mixed Conifer, Ponderosa Pine. Fuel moisture is extremely low.
Cause: Unknown – under investigation
Equipment: Four dozers and 12 engines
Size: 69,555 acres based on 06/29 infrared data
Aircraft: Five helicopters
Percent Contained: 3%
Residences Destroyed: 12

Jacqueline Shen Las Conchas Fire, June 2011

Image Credit Jacqueline Shen, June 2011

Link to Jacqueline Shen image on Facebook, Las Conchas Fire.
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