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Pecos, NM
Viveash Fire

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Any questions should be addressed to the Fire Information Office at the Pecos Ranger District Office. The phone number is 505-757-6121.

Also, you can contact the San Miguel County Emergency Management Office at 505-454-4927.

  • 6/6/00 As reported in the Albuquerque Tribune
Firefighters hold line in Viveash Fire, mop up perimeter

The Associated Press

     PECOS -- The Viveash Fire that roared through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains last week is now considered 80 percent contained, and the Type 1 fire management team that has orchestrated the battle against Viveash will be relieved tomorrow by a Type 2 team that will supervise the mop-up.
     Fire information officer Kathie Schmidlin said this morning the rain that began washing over the mountains late last week "was like throwing a damp towel over it."
     The fire has burned 28,283 acres to date, she said. Officials are not predicting a date for total containment, she added.
     The week-old wildfire forced the evacuations of hundreds of people and burned down three outbuildings, a bridge and a barn in the forest east of Santa Fe.
     Crews today were continuing mop-up and rehabilitation along the fire's perimeter and strengthening the containment lines, she said.
     "The threat is diminishing to the numerous cabins and houses in the fire area as well as to the Las Vegas watershed," fire information officer Vickie Fox said Monday. People evacuated from most of the areas around the fire are now back in their homes.
     In southern New Mexico, a 50-acre fire was reported Sunday afternoon in the Magdalena Mountains. Forestry Division spokeswoman Terri Wildermuth said crews contained the fire by Monday evening.
     On the Viveash Fire, crews have created water bars along the edges of the fire to slow water movement and prevent soil erosion. The area received several inches of rain over the past few days. More thunderstorms were forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday.
     Authorities have determined that the fire was human-caused, but said the investigation is continuing and didn't release any more details.
     The cost of battling the blaze was pegged at $5.47 million as of Friday, Fox said.


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