Commissary Fire Update (Santa Fe National Forest)

June 12, 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 95 acres Percent Contained: 0%
Cause: Lightning Personnel Assigned: 80
Vegetation: Ponderosa pine, aspen, mixed conifer, grass and brush
Growth Potential: Low

Summary: The lightning caused Commissary Fire on the Santa Fe National Forest’s Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District continues to grow and as of this morning is at 95 acres. The fire is burning naturally and hand ignitions are used to manage the rate and direction of fire spread. A drop in humidity caused the fire to be more active and some tree torching observed on the south and northeast side of the fire.

Yesterday smoke was observed in San Pablo, San Geronimo, and the Mineral Hill area. Smoke from this fire is still minimal, but will steadily increase over the coming days as warmer, drier weather moves in. As the fire continues to grow, smoke will become more visible to local communities from Pecos to Las Vegas and along I-25.

The Commissary Fire is being managed for multiple objectives such as wildlife and range habitat improvement, encourage regeneration of aspen and improving overall forest health. Weather conditions, predicted fire behavior, and personnel resources must also be aligned to meet fire objectives.

Road Advisories: People are asked to use caution while driving from lower Colonias north on Forest Road 83 due to an increase of fire vehicle traffic.
Structures Threatened: None

Weather: A predicted cold front will bring an increase in thunderstorms and showers, with a 70% chance of precipitation.

Resources Assigned:
• Firefighters: Three crews (Type 1 Carson and Mount Taylor 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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