Sunday, June 4, 2000
Outlook Good In Viveash Fire
Journal Staff Report
The mood was optimistic Saturday among those fighting the Viveash Fire.
"Things are looking much better around here," fire information officer Kathy Smith said late Saturday afternoon.
The fire held at just more than 25,000 acres and was 60 percent contained, though Smith thought that figure might be a bit higher after fire crews checked in later Saturday.
"The weather has been a real benefit to us," she said, noting that up to half an inch of rain fell in the Santa Fe National Forest on Friday and more was falling Saturday afternoon.
The forecast for today provides the prospect for more relief, with scattered showers possible, primarily in the evening.
Winds are expected to blow from the northeast at 10 to 20 mph.
The main body of the fire remained about a mile short of the Pecos Wilderness on Saturday and hadn't burned any farther into the watershed for Las Vegas, N.M., in Gallinas Canyon.
Earlier this week spot fires had been reported in the wilderness area, but they appear not to have caused much damage.
Cow Creek, Bull Creek and Manzanares remained evacuated Saturday.
Air operations were scaled back Saturday — six helicopters were used but no air tankers.
Fourteen fire crews were taken off the lines, while 25 continued to work.