Updated: Thompson Ridge Fire at about 650 acres


Courtesy of Khalil Spencer

Courtesy of Khalil Spencer

9:58 a.m. — Overnight surveillance had the Thompson Ridge Fire still at about 650 acres, including some land burning in the Valles Caldera National Preserve, according to State Forestry officials.

Firefighters could get a break with the weather this weekend — or not.

Moist air is supposed to move into the state early Sunday, with locally heavy rain forecast for central and southeast New Mexico. But western New Mexico could get dry lightning storms this afternoon and Sunday.

9:34 p.m. — The Thompson Ridge Fire has grown to more than 650 acres, and could be as big as 800, according to State Forestry.

One home was slightly damaged but the fire was quickly put out. Between 40 and 50 homes were evacuated, and winds have picked up to around 25 mph.

More than 80 personnel are fighting the fire, which is now burning partially on land owned by the Valles Caldera National Preserve.


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4:11 p.m. The Thompson Ridge Fire in Jemez Springs was sparked by a tree that touched a power line, according to New Mexico State Forestry.

It has burned more than five acres of private and federal land of grass, timber and brush. Some homes are threatened, but it’s unclear how many. Evacuations have been ordered.

A helicopter was pulled from the Tres Lagunas Fire burning in Pecos Canyon, and six engines are fighting it. The fire is mostly crawling along the ground and occasionally torching trees.

Relative humidity is about 10 percent and gusts are reaching 5 mph.


The Southwest Coordination Center is reporting a five-acre fire in the Santa Fe National Forest about 10 miles north of Jemez Springs.

A helicopter has been called in, in addition to a fire crew, to fight the Thompson Ridge Fire.


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