Cibola NF&NG – Wildfire Update – 7/03/2015 – Red Canyon Fire Remains at 16,723 Acres

Magdalena, NM; July 3, 2015 –  The Red Canyon fire on the Magdalena Ranger District remains at16,723 acres.   The lightning-caused fire is located in the San Mateo Mountains, 2 miles southeast of Grassy Lookout and 27 miles southwest of Magdalena, NM.

Yesterday afternoon the Red Canyon Fire received a minimal amount of precipitation on the fire line. Fire crews continued to cleaning up pockets of unburned material in the northern portion of Hudson Canyon (FR138 and FR96 intersection) and continue felling snags North along FR138.  Fire was creeping in pine stringers along the northern edge of the Apache Kid Wilderness, moving in a southeasterly direction.  The fire continues to burn in ponderosa pine and mixed-conifer fuels.  The Red Canyon fire is providing good wildlife habitat, while protecting cultural resources, reducing hazardous fuels and returning the fire to the ecosystem.  As the Red Canyon fire continues to burn, fire behavior and effects are continuously being assessed to ensure incident objectives are being met.  There are 66 fire personnel assigned to the fire, one Hot Shot crew, one Wildland Fire Module, one helicopter, and support personnel.

There are no significant changes in the weather for today; so, the fire area can expect a 50-60% chance of measureable precipitation this afternoon through the weekend. The Red Canyon fire is visible from US Hwy 60 west of Magdalena, NM, Datil, NM and Pie Town, NM and along I-25 south of Socorro, New Mexico.  Drifting smoke from the Red Canyon fire is moving in a north/northwesterly direction west of Magdalena, NM.   The New Mexico Department of Health provides a visibility test to determine smoke impacts in your area on their website at: https://nmtracking.org/en/environ_exposure/fire-and-smoke/#xEPHT__fivemile__1329.

The following Forest Roads (FR) are closed until further notice: 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.

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

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