The estimated size of the El Valle Fire remains between 200 and 400 acres. Nmfireinfo.com photo
Fire crews this morning are continuing to take suppression actions and make good progress on the El Valle Fire, which is located near the communities of El Valle and Las Trampas between Forest Service roads 207 and 714. The estimated size remains between 200 and 400 acres with no containment. An overnight infrared flight to more accurately measure the fire’s size was not able to occur.
Crews and dozers today will continue to work on containment lines between the fire’s edge and El Valle, as well as Highway 76. 10 engines, three dozers and one hotshot crew are on scene, with more ground resources on order and en route. Assigned air resources are two type 1 helicopters, four large air tankers, one lead plane and one air attack.
Similar fire behavior is expected today, which may produce more visible smoke. Weather is forecasted to be similar to yesterday, with high temperatures in the low to mid 80s, minimum humidities of 12-16% and light winds becoming 5-10 mph in the afternoon. Isolated dry thunderstorms may develop in the afternoon, causing localized gusty, erratic winds with a small chance of precipitation. The full National Weather Service Spot Forecast is available online.
The fire was first reported at 12:49 p.m. on September 8. Its cause remains under investigation.