BY MAIRE O’NEILL
The Cerro Pelado Fire has burned 43,887 acres as of Thursday morning, according to Great Basin #1 Incident Management Team public information officer Mary Cernicek.
“The cold front did come in and the winds have now shifted and are coming from the west. The temperature is going to be about 10 degrees cooler around the fire. Where the fire is meeting the Las Conchas Fire scar it’s running out of fuels and through the night Wednesday night, when the winds had stopped, the fire just laid down, even in Alamo Canyon, and it was really quiet,” Cernicek said.
More work is being done by crews along Road 287 Thursday and that’s where bucket work from helicopters will be focusing.
“The other thing that’s happened is on the south side of the fire in the Cochiti Mesa area where they had put in a dozer line, the fire is actually touching the dozer line and it’s holding there. Firefighters are going along that area and any putting out any hot spots to try to keep the fire in that area until it burns itself out,” Cernicek said.
There will be a community briefing again Thursday evening at 5:30 p.m. at Griffith Gym 1300 Diamond Drive, Los Alamos, which will also be available via Zoom at https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82306414607 and streamed on the Cerro Pelado Facebook page and shared on the https://lacnm.com/CerroPelado.