Smoke from the Deer Creek fire rose into a cloudy sky; it was actually starting to rain when I took these photos. The burn area got some rain yesterday too, but “fuel moistures” are reported to still be low.The wind this afternoon was quite strong, and the plume traveled in what looked like a northeasterly direction, from my angle of observation, without rising too high.
In a press release, Julie Anne Overton reports that the fire is holding at 140 acres. The Forest Service plans to extend it to an area of 1,022 acres. Fire crews have finished the preparatory work along the perimeter of the proposed extent of the fire.
Today a helicopter will make observations of the area as crews begin hand ignitions to blackline the perimeter. Aerial ignitions may begin as early as Sunday. A smoke monitoring system has been placed on the Jemez Pueblo and will monitor air quality during the remainder of the fire.
And see what happens when the wind suddenly changes direction. This will give the smoke monitoring station in Jemez Pueblo something to monitor.
Looking south, toward Cañon and Jemez Pueblo: