Commissary Fire Update (Santa Fe National Forest)

June 21, 2015; 8:30 A.M.

Type 4 Team to Assume Management Today

Start Date: June 5, 2015 Percent Contained: 0
Acres Treated: 212 Growth Potential: Low
Vegetation: Ponderosa pine, aspen, mixed conifer, grass and brush

Summary: Management of the Commissary Fire on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District was handed back to the local Type 4 Incident Management Team today. Fire Managers continue to monitor and manage the fire as a tool to meet multiple resource objectives. These objectives include improving wildlife habitat, protecting cultural resources, reducing hazardous fuels and returning fire to the ecosystem. As Fire Managers continue to wait for conditions to align, crews are continuing to build and strengthen the planned area boundaries.

The weekend weather trend underwent a significant transformation. Temperatures were recorded in the mid 80’s and humidity dropped into the teens. The fire responded accordingly as minimally active areas of the fire ‘woke-up’, producing a moderate volume of smoke.

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

Weather: Mostly sunny. Temperatures in the mid to high 90’s. Relative humidity 7-12%. Winds southwest at 10-15 MPH.

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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