13 Aug 2008, 11:25pm
New Mexico
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Alta WFU Fire

Location: 11 Miles W of Abiquiu Lake, Rio Arriba Co., NM

Specific Location: Upper Potrero Spring, Santa Fe NF, Lat 36° 14´ 43″ Lon 106° 37´ 33″

Date of Origin: 08/07/2008
Cause: lightning

Situation as of 08/25/08 6:00 PM
Personnel: 4
Size: 801 acres
Containment: 0%

Cost to date: $18,500

Fire received some moisture on the evening of the 24th. Today RH’s were very high causing the fire to smolder in most areas. This afternoon fire/flame did start to ignite in the needle litter, but continued to burn in the 10000 Hr. fuels. The fire in Prieta canyon and on Prieta Mesa did not show much activity, mostly smoldering with light smoke visible. The fire did and will continue to back down in Potrero canyon, if it doesn’t receive abundant moisture.

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Situation as of 08/24/08 4:30 PM
Personnel: 0
Size: 710 acres
Containment: 0%

Cost to date: $17,500

Fire continues creeping in Prieta Canyon, burning down the drainage.

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Situation as of 08/20/08 5:15 PM
Personnel: 4
Size: 525 acres
Containment: 0%

Cost to date: $14,500

Fire continues to be a backing fire on the NW corner and down in the canyon in between Prieta and East Mesas.

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Situation as of 08/19/08 6:30 PM
Personnel: 5
Size: 510 acres
Containment: 0%

Cost to date: $13,500

Increased behavior due to lower RH’s and higher temps.

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Situation as of 08/17/08 2:00 PM
Personnel: 1
Size: 385 acres
Containment: 0%

Cost to date: $11,500

Very minimal fire behavior today due to lite precipt. and high RH’s. Fire is continuing to creep west side of FR 77. Fire is also creeping SE side of fire down the remainder of the bench.

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Situation as of 08/14/08 5:30 PM
Personnel: 9
Size: 300 acres
Containment: 0%

Cost to date: $9,000

Fire backed down a bench on E flank with group torching. W flank of fire is backing to 77 road with a ground fire and minimal torching.

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Situation as of 08/13/08 5:15 PM
Personnel: 9
Size: 190 acres
Containment: 0%

Cost to date: $7,000

FUM2 arrived today

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Situation as of 08/12/08 4:45 PM
Personnel: 9
Size: 150 acres
Containment: 0%

Cost to date: not reported, Est. $5,000

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