Commissary Fire Update (Santa Fe National Forest)

June 11, 2015; 10:00 A.M.
Location:
• Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest
• 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 75 acres Percent Contained: 0%
Cause: Lightning Personnel Assigned: 60
Vegetation: Ponderosa pine, aspen, mixed conifer, grass and brush
Growth Potential: Low

Summary: Firefighters on the Santa Fe National Forest continue to prep the outer boundaries of the Commissary resource benefit fire. The fire received light rain yesterday morning resulting in minimal fire activity. The Carson Hotshot Crew and district firefighters have completed preparation work on the southeast boundary of the planned area and will continue to work north along Forest Road 83. The Santa Fe Fire Department Atalaya hand crew is prepping the west boundary along Forest Road 83Y today. Fire personnel on the Commissary Fire will continue to monitor conditions to manage the fire with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.

Fire Managers have an option of managing a lightning caused fire for resource benefits. Managed fire is used as a tool to 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. Fire crews may direct or divert the fire to contain it within the designated area.

As the fire continues to grow, smoke will become more visible to local communities from Pecos to Las Vegas and along I-25.

Road Advisories: People are asked to use caution while driving from lower Colonias north on Forest Road 83 due to high volume of Fire Vehicle traffic.

Structures Threatened: None

Weather: Mostly sunny in the morning, then becoming partly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms with a 50% chance of precipitation. Winds are from the west/southwest at 15-20 MPH with gusts up to 35 MPH.

Resources Assigned:
• Firefighters: Two crews (Type 1 Carson Hotshot crew, Type 2 Atalaya hand crew)
• Bulldozer: One Type 2
• Forest Personnel: Firefighters, archeologists, public information officers, fire effects monitors, and resource advisors.

Fire Information: Updates will be available on the New Mexico Fire Information website at nmfireinfo.com, @SantaFeNF and http://www.facebook.com/SantaFeNF.
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