Jaroso Fire Races Towards Pecos River Headwaters

Jun 26, 2013

The Jaroso Fire flares up on June 18th, 2013.
Credit Deborah Martinez

The Jaroso Fire that is raging uncontrolled in the Pecos Wilderness grew aggressively over the last 24 hours, devouring 5 square miles of forest. The wildfire is encroaching on the headwaters of the Pecos River which is known for its fishing and scenic camping areas.

The Albuquerque Journal reports fishermen are planning for the worst. Jesse Lee of the Reel Life fishing and guide shop in Santa Fe says fishing conditions will depend on when and how the monsoon season hits in coming weeks and months.

Rugged terrain and dangerous fire conditions have complicated fire fighting efforts as the fire has raced through thickets of dead and downed trees killed by beetle infestations.

The lightning sparked Jaroso Fire has torched over 16 square miles of forest and is zero percent contained.