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Jaroso Fire Spreads Smoke and Puts Familiar Places at Risk

Tuesday evening (June 25) fire reports indicate the fire was hot on the south side and is still progressing east; south of Pecos Baldy. On the south side, the fire is headed for the ridge just west of Round Mountain and slowly backing to Horsethief Meadow. The fire spotted and grew on the east facing slope on the west side of the Pecos River.

The smoke outlook reported Tuesday afternoon was for lighter winds overnight and this morning, making smoke much more likely to settle into drainages below the fire. Smoke from the Jaroso Fire was predicted Tuesday afternoon possibly to cause impacts east of the fire in Mora and San Miguel Counties, with periods of visibility less than five miles. Smoke-caused visibility of three to five miles would mean air quality termed Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups. At this level, people in sensitive groups should minimize outdoor activities. Everyone else should minimize prolonged or physical activity outdoors. According to fire officials, even if you smell smoke, the air quality may still be good: Visibility distances are the better incication of air quality.

As a precautionary measure, resources have been ordered to protect values at risk that are located south and east of the fire. Values at risk south of the fire include: Jack’s Creek Campground, Iron Gate Campground, Panchuela Campground and structures in Grass Mountain, Pecos Canyon Estates, Winsor, Cowles and the Panchuela area. Values at risk east of the fire include: an electronic site, and numerous structures in Ledoux, South Carmen, Upper Rociada, Gascon, Camp Davis and structures along State Road 276 and Forest Service Road 60.