Cibola NF&NG – Wildfire Update – 7/08/2015 – Red Canyon Fire Remains at 17,843 Acres


Magdalena, NM; July 8, 2015 – The Red Canyon fire on the Magdalena Ranger District remains at 17,843 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.

District Fire Managers and one Wildland Fire Module will continue to monitor fire effects and fire behavior as it naturally burns.  The fire continues to burn in ponderosa pine and mixed-conifer forests.  The Red Canyon fire is enhancing wildlife habitat, while protecting cultural resources, reducing hazardous fuels and returning fire to the ecosystem.  However, if conditions become favorable the possibility of increased fire activity remains.   There are 15 fire personnel assigned to the fire, one Wildland Fire Module and support personnel.

The Type 3 Incident Management Team (IMT) will transfer management of the Red Canyon Fire back to the District on Wednesday evening, July 8, 2015.  This will be the final daily update for the Red Canyon Fire.  However, weekly updates will be posted by the Magdalena Ranger District Office.

The monsoonal flow of wetting precipitation will remain through next week.  Smoke from the Red Canyon is minimal from US Hwy 60 west of Magdalena, NM, Datil, NM and Pie Town, NM and along I-25 south of Socorro, New Mexico due to the precipitation received on the fire line.  When driving on Forest Roads during approaching storms, please drive carefully, reduce your speed, drive with your lights on and turn around don’t drown at water crossings.  Also, when hiking trails, stay away from ridge tops and seek lower elevations until thunderstorms pass.

The following Forest Roads (FR) remains 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 , Twitter:@Cibola_NF,, and

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