Thompson Ridge fire sends up tall plumes of smoke

Posted at: 06/12/2013 8:23 AM
By: The Associated Press

JEMEZ, N.M. (AP) - The Thompson Ridge fire is sending up tall plumes of smoke in northern New Mexico as the fire burns previously unburned fuel.

The fire has burned nearly 36 square miles in the western portion of the Santa Fe National Forest and in the Valles Caldera National Preserve. It's 50 percent contained.

Fire management team spokesman Jan Bardwell says previously unburned fuel in the fire's interior produced tall plumes of smoke on Tuesday and is expected to do so again Wednesday.

Bardwell says some is due to crowns of trees catching fire after being dried out from when low-intensity fire moved through an area previously.

Nearly 1,000 firefighters and support personnel are assigned to the Thompson Ridge fire. It began May 31 because of a downed power line.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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