Cibola NF Red Canyon Fire Update – 06/20/15 1:45 pm – Red Canyon Fire grows to 125 Acres

Magdalena, NM – The Red Canyon Fire on the Magdalena Ranger District has increased in size to 125 acres with approximately 80 personnel on the incident.  Resources include one Wildland Fire Module, two Type I Hot Shot crews, and 1Type 3 Helicopter.  The lightning-caused fire started on Monday, June 15, and is located in the San Mateo Mountains, 2 miles southeast of Grassy Lookout.

Yesterday afternoon, the Red Canyon Fire received a minimal amount of precipitation over the fire perimeter. The fire continues to burn in Ponderosa Pine, mixed-conifer, grass and brush.  The fire behavior continues to back down ridge lines and creep along the ground in grass and brush.  As the Red Canyon Fire continues to burn, pre-determined management areas are mapped to keep the fire within those boundaries.

A local Type 3 Incident Management Short Team will take over the fire beginning at 8:00 AM this morning, Saturday, June 20, 2015.  The team’s management objectives for the Red Canyon Fire are to achieve multiple resource objectives.  These objectives include improving wildlife habitat, protecting cultural resources, reducing hazardous fuels and returning fire to the ecosystem. Weather conditions, along with predicted fire behavior and resources must be met to meet these fire objectives.

The following Forest Roads (FR) is closed until rescinded: FR 96; FR 138; FR 478A; FR 478B; FR 330; FR 331; FR 378, and FR 478.  The following trails are closed: Trails 28, 31, 43, and 63.  All the listed Forest Roads and trails are within the working boundaries of the Red Canyon Fire perimeter.

As the fire grows in size, warming and drying trends will continue.  Smoke may be visible from

I-25 south of Socorro, New Mexico.  The extended weather forecast surrounding the Red Canyon Fire calls for afternoon and evening thunderstorms this weekend, into early next week.

Fire Information: Updates will be available by contacting the Magdalena Ranger District at:

(575) 854-2281 as well as online at New Mexico Fire Information website at www.nmfireinfo.com , Twitter:@Cibola_NF, www.facebook.com/cibolanf, and www.inciweb.nwcg.org

(lbenavidez posting to nmfireinfo for CINDY WOLF, Cibola NF)

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