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  1. Default Interesting things you learn while monitoring so many web sites for wildfires

    Yes once again we have a wildfire in the neighborhood. The Thompson Ridge Fire here in the Jemez in NM.

    It is close enough to us, about 4 1/4 miles nearly straight north of the cabin. It went from 0 to 20,000+ acres in 9 days. Tree fell on a powerline just like the Las Conchas in 2011. If anyone is curious there are some Google Earth placemarks (kmz files) available on the GeoMac website. you should be able to download and then see the fire progress up to the last google earth data overlay that has been posted to date. (June 7 as of right now.) They display the fire outline laid over the Google Earth image.

    But it has grown. Newest map I have is at InciWeb

    Other info

    It has been educational watching the fire as it went west to east over Redondo Peak over the course of an hour or so. Seeing the new little fires breaking out 1/4 or so ahead and down the slope. That was the view right out the cabin front window (6-0 x 4-0 for the curious builders)

    Also of interest... the ground, plants, trees, grasses are so dry we saw the fire moving slowly but certainly, down slopes and into the winds. And we had great seats to see the DC10 tanker doing it's 12,000 gallon retardant drops.

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    It is a problem, besides the fire! good luck. One of our invasives, japanese stiltgrass, seems to travel on the heavy road equipment, we didn't have it 20 years ago, now it seems to be running into the woods from every roadside.

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    For those here in NM or who have heard of the Valles Caldera National Preserve (89,000 acres), by my figures over half of it has burned since 2011. Most of the Thompson Fire is in the VCNP and 30,000 of the Las Conchas) Guv'mint spent 101 million taxpayer dollars for it a decade ago. We'll have a front row center seat for the reclamation I hope.

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    I work as a Resource Advisor (READ), on local fires. It's good work. Besides trying not to spread invasive species, we protect other sensitive resources. Mostly historic and pre-historic sites. Don't want to run a dozer over them, or burn up an old cabin. Also monitor the retardant drops and try to keep it out of the waterways.
    Good way to make a bunch of overtime and have more cash for building!
    I live about a mile from the end of the airport here, there are two S2 tankers and a helicopter stationed here every fire season. They fly almost every day.

    Another site for following fires is:

    Check out the Hotlist forum. It follows initial attack and what resources are being deployed. Also huge photo gallery. If your into that sort of thing.

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    It will be interesting to see where this fire takes Bingaman and Heinrich's push towards a national park for the caldera. So much of the preserve is now burned. I was just wondering the other day, looking at a view of the fires from space, what percentage of the forests in the Jemez Mountains have burned in the last 15 years. Heading home last weekend I passed the fire scar northeast of Regina and west of Gallina, and there is little healing or reclamation. Mostly I saw erosion of soil and ground cover on the steep slopes, and bare bedrock emerging. I wonder if this landscape is soon going to resemble the mountains east of Los Angeles -- burned and reburned with mostly scrub oak cover.

    Anyway, I'm glad to hear the fire is moving north and away from you and all the others in the Thompson Ridge area. Sad to hear that the Silver Fire is approaching the town of Kingston (home of many historic little houses) today.



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