From left, Doug Pippen, his son, Justin Pippen, and Jimmy Powell mix fire retardant Monday near Monastery Lake to help battle the Tres Lagunas Fire. Marty Posey works in the background. The crew, from Pecos Valley Wildfire LLC of Artesia, mixed 40,000 gallons of retardant on Monday. Jane Phillips/The New Mexican
A helicopter picks up water to help fight the Tres Lagunas Fire on Monday. There are six helicopters assigned to the Pecos Canyon blaze, which has grown to nearly 8,000 acres and was about 5 percent contained Monday afternoon. Jane Phillips/The New Mexican
A plume of smoke from the Tres Lagunas Fire rises Monday from Pecos Canyon, about 10 miles north of the village of Pecos. Jane Phillips/The New Mexican
Firefighters are pumping water from Monastery Lake to mix retardant for the fight against the Tres Lagunas Fire. Jane Phillips/The New Mexican
Posted: Monday, June 3, 2013 9:00 pm
Updated: 12:39 pm, Tue Jun 4, 2013.
As flames from the Tres Lagunas Fire licked over a ridge north of her family’s home in Pecos Canyon on Friday, Kay Rice decided it was time to take the family dogs and leave. “I didn’t want to be in the way,” she said.
Her husband, Scott Rice, and son, Connor, stayed behind, continuing to do what they could to protect their property after the fire broke out Thursday afternoon.
Monday, June 3, 2013 9:00 pm.
Updated: 12:39 pm.