WEATHER ALERT FOR NEW MEXICO, Jaroso Fire update

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weatheralertTemp’s are going to be in the low 100’s for the Albuquerque Metro area, some parts of New Mexico will reach 110 today. Humidity will be from just 5 to 8%. Extreme Fire danger. Temp’s will be 10 to 15 degrees above normal, please take care of yourself and your animals if you have any.  Please check on your elderly neighbors.

The fire in the Pecos Wilderness area north of Santa Fe has doubled in size in a run to the south and east. The Jaroso fire threatens campgrounds and houses in it’s path as well as headwaters of the Pecos River. The fire is burning close to the river along it’s wild and scenic portion in the wilderness north of Cowles and east of Pecos  Baldy mountain.

Let us continue to pray for rain.

Here’s more of a look at the Wildfires in New Mexico:
Silver Fire

A fire burning in the Gila National Forest remains at about 85,000 acres.

The Silver Fire is just 20 percent contained.

Officials say the fire is forcing ranchers to ship their cattle out of state because grazing areas are up in flames.

Now, state agriculture officials are reaching out to the federal government, in an effort to find public or even private land where cattle can graze.

Jaroso Fire threatens structures

PECOS – The rapidly-expanding Jaroso Fire may not stay just a remote wilderness fire for long.

The fire in the Pecos Wilderness north of Santa Fe that was started by lightning on June 9 more than doubled in size during a run to the south and east over the past couple of days, and now there are worries about campgrounds and houses in its path – as well as the headwaters of the Pecos River.

A U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman said the fire was burning close to the river along its wild and scenic portion in the wilderness north of Cowles and east of Pecos Baldy mountain. The fire, reported at about 4,500 acres on Monday, had charred more than 9,400 acres by Wednesday morning….

At a public meeting on the fire at Pecos High School on Wednesday night, there was frustration from residents who have watched the fire burn largely unchecked.

Fighting the Jaroso Fire has been difficult because the steep terrain and downed trees pose a serious risk to firefighters.

The Forest Service is bringing in a higher-level firefighting group, a Wildland Fire Management Team with more experience on longer duration fires, to take on the Jaroso. A total of 132 people were fighting the fire Wednesday.

West Fork Complex Fire

A fire burning in southwestern Colorado is even larger today.

The West Fork Complex Fire has burned more than 81,000 acres north of Pagosa Springs. It is still not contained today.

More than 1,100 firefighters are battling the flames.