JEMEZ SPRINGS, NM – The search for Jemez Ranger District (Santa Fe National Forest) wildland firefighter, Token Adams, was hampered again yesterday by heavy afternoon rains.
The steep, rugged, dense terrain has also challenged efforts despite the over 250 personnel involved in the search. The terrain in the vicinity of the search is described as extreme topography with steep uphill and downhill trails and sheer cliffs.
Token, the engine captain on a Jemez Ranger District engine has been missing for over four days. The last communication from Token was received on Friday afternoon, Aug. 30, from Holiday Mesa. He and other firefighters from the Ranger District were responding to a smoke report and searching for the 25-acre School House Fire located near School House Mesa.
Despite the NM Search and Rescue grid pattern being used by the professional and dedicated personnel on the incident, search efforts have not been successful. Personnel are using GPS as part of this grid pattern and are being asked to report their locations hourly. Searchers focused today on determining that certain areas have been fully searched.
Weather predictions for tonight are for a 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms which will once again affect both air and ground operations.
The Southwest Incident Management Type 1 Team, Incident Commander Joe Reinarz, will assume command of search efforts as part of a unified command along with multiple Federal, State, County and local agencies, on Wednesday morning at 6 a.m.
The Labor Day weekend allowed numerous groups of volunteers to help with the search effort. Some have been replaced by new volunteers. The Santa Fe National Forest and the Jemez Ranger District thank everyone for their help.
The family continues to ask that their privacy be respected during this difficult time.