Commissary Fire Update (Santa Fe National Forest)

June 25, 2015; 11:00 A.M.

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

Size: 700 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 200 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 with a goal of accomplishing approximately 200 acres, including firing along Forest Road 66G and the southeastern 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 https://nmtracking.org/fire.

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 cloudy with a 70% chance of precipitation throughout the day.

Fire Information: Updates will be available on the New Mexico Fire Information website at nmfireinfo.com, @SantaFeNF and www.facebook.com/SantaFeNF.

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