Commissary Fire Update

Firing Operations Continue Today

June 24, 2015; 9:00 A.M.

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

Size: 500 acres                                                                                  Growth Potential: Moderate

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

Summary: Fire crews on the lightning-caused Commissary Fire on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District successfully completed firing operations with hand ignitions on 150 acres yesterday as part of a strategy to manage the fire for resource objectives. Resource objectives on the Commissary Fire include improving wildlife and range habitat, encouraging regeneration of aspen, and improving watershed and overall forest health.

Firing operations will continue today totaling 100 acres, including firing along Forest Road 66F and the southern boundary of the planned area.

Air ventilation conditions remain good today; however, gusty and erratic winds may accompany predicted thunderstorms. As fire activity increases, smoke will be visible from I-25 and surrounding communities.

Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found online at the New Mexico Environment Department’s website at

Road Advisories: Public traffic is highly discouraged on Forest Roads 83 and 66 due to heavy firefighter traffic and narrow road conditions. Caution is also advised while driving from lower Colonias north on Forest Road 83.

Weather: Partly to mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of precipitation in the afternoon.

Fire Information: Updates will be available on the New Mexico Fire Information website at, @SantaFeNF and

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