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Thompson Ridge Fire Road Closure Update

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1:17 p.m. — Crews are hustling today to contain a spot fire that jumped the fire line on the blaze’s southeast corner.

That spot fire is burning in thick, hard-to-reach forest on South Mountain, and crews are hoping to contain it before it crests the peak.

In the meantime, the containment line has been pushed back to NM Highway 4.

But that doesn’t mean firefighters will start controlled burning the 1.5 mile-or-so corridor between the southeast part of the blaze and the highway, a fire information officer said.

That’s because of the hot, dry and windy conditions today in the mountains. Winds are coming out of the southeast, and gusts are reaching 20 mph.

Elsewhere in the fire, more than 1,000 firefighters are working to mop up the north, west and east portions of the fire.

The Thompson Ridge Fire has burned more than 20,600 acres and is 40 percent contained.

New Mexico Highway 4 is closed from New Mexico Highway 126 to New Mexico Highway 501.

Only full time residents of Cochiti Mesa and properties accessed from Forest Road 268 and Forest Road 289 will be able to go to and from their properties along Highway 4 to Highway 501. Only full time residents of Sierra los Pinos and properties accessed from Forest Road 10 will be able to go to and from their properties along Highway 4 to Highway 126. They will not be able to proceed east on Hwy 4. Any residents of these areas should be prepared to display identification verifying their permanent resident status so that they may pass the roadblock.

There will be no deliveries from USPS, FedEx, and UPS during this closure.

Only fire traffic and emergency vehicles will be permitted to travel between Forest Road 10 and Forest Road 268.

For more information regarding the fire, please visit www.inciweb.org or follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ThompsonRdgFire . Additional photos and information are available at www.facebook.com/ThompsonRdgFire and www.flickr.com/ThompsonRdgFire.

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