Apparently, Monday’s winds – which were gusting over 40 mph – actually assisted the forest fire near Santa Fe NM. The winds blew back in the direction of land that was already burned, thus aiding in lowering the spread to fresh forest land.
At noon Tuesday, June 21st (today) incident commanders said the fire had grown to 4,883 acres since it ignited below Ski Santa Fe Saturday and spready into the Pecos Wilderness. It is zero percent contained.
With the winds dropping today, over the Pacheco Fire, fire behavior was low. A large smoke plume like that observed Sunday will not occur today.
Below are photos taken of the large smoke cloud taken on Sunday, June 19th. Also included are photos of a helicopter getting water from Nambe Lake for the Pacheco Canyon fire.