June 10, 2015; 2:30 p.m.
• Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest
• San Miguel County, New Mexico
• Approximately 13 miles east of Pecos and 2 miles south of Barillas Peak
Start Date: June 5, 2015, reported on Saturday, June 6, 2015
Size: Approximately 70 acres Percent Contained: 0%
Cause: Lightning Personnel Assigned: 40
Vegetation: Ponderosa pine, aspen, mixed conifer, grass and brush
Growth Potential: Low
Summary: Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are taking advantage of current conditions, including lower than normal temperatures and higher than normal moisture, to manage the lightning-caused Commissary Fire for resource benefits. The slow-moving ground fire, now at approximately 70 acres, is burning through grass and brush in an area of dense ponderosa pine.
Managed fire helps maintain forest health and mitigate the risk of high-severity wildfires in the future by recycling nutrients and removing fuels. Other resource benefits include improved watershed and range conditions. The Commissary Fire may also help restore aspens to the area and improve wildlife habitat.
Bulldozer crews are clearing existing forest roads to provide firefighters improved vehicle access to the area and create containment lines to keep the fire within its planned boundaries. Fire personnel on the Commissary Fire will continue to monitor conditions to manage the fire with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.
Structures Threatened: None
Weather: Partly to mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. There is a 30% chance of precipitation in the area with humidity at 41-46%. Winds are out of the west/southwest at 13-18 MPH with gusts up to 28 MPH this afternoon.
• Firefighters: One crew (Type 1 Hotshot crew)
• Bulldozer: One Type 2
• District Personnel: Firefighters, archeologists, and fire effects monitors
Fire Information: Updates will be available on the New Mexico Fire Information website at nmfireinfo.com, @SantaFeNF and http://www.facebook.com/SantaFeNF.
# # #
The USDA Forest Service is an equal opportunity provider and employer.