Commissary Fire Final Update (Santa Fe National Forest)

June 19, 2015; 10:00 A.M.

 

Start Date: June 5, 2015                                                                   Percent Contained: 0%

Acres Treated: 198                                                                             Growth Potential: Low

Vegetation: Ponderosa pine, aspen, mixed conifer, grass and brush

Summary: The lightning caused Commissary Fire on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District has burned 198 acres with no sign of potential growth. Fire crews have been at the mercy of the weather over the last week. Due to high moisture levels, fire managers have decided to begin winding down operations. Demobilization of resources will begin this evening.

The Type 3 Incident Management Team (IMT) will transfer management of the Commissary Fire back to the District by Saturday evening.  Barring significant developments, this will be the final update on the Commissary Fire.  After weekend, please contact the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District for information at (505) 757-6121.

The fire continues smoldering in the larger fuels and creeping slowly on the ground around natural barriers, such as rocks and bare earth. District Fire Managers will continue to monitor the fire as it naturally burns. However, if conditions become favorable the possibility of increased fire activity remains.

Area preparation was a success. Crews and equipment have made significant progress along Forest Road 83, cutting, clearing and thinning fuels. Chipping operations will continue for the next few weeks.

Road Advisories: People are asked to use caution while driving from lower Colonias on Forest Road 83 due to an increase in fire vehicle traffic.

Weather: Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon with a 30% chance of precipitation. Relative humidity is 19-24%.

Fire Information: Updates available at nmfireinfo.com, @SantaFeNF and www.facebook.com/SantaFeNF.

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