Commissary Fire Update

July 13, 2015, 1:00 P.M.

SANTA FE, NM – July 13, 2015 – For Immediate Release. Interior fuels on the lightning-caused Commissary Fire on the Santa Fe National Forest’s Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District continue to burn naturally. The fire responded to drier weather over the weekend with increased activity, producing a moderate volume of white smoke.

The fire is consuming pockets of larger dead and down fuels within the fire’s boundaries. Local crews will continue to manage the fire to improve forest health. If drying weather trends continue and fire activities increase, fire managers will assess fire staffing needs.

Located 13 miles east of Pecos, NM, and two miles south of Barillas Peak, the Commissary Fire will continue to be patrolled by fire crews. As interior fuels continue to burn, lingering smoke may be visible.

Fire managers are managing the Commissary Fire for resource objectives, including improving wildlife and range habitat, encouraging regeneration of aspen, and improving watershed and overall forest health. These actions, including using low-intensity fires to reduce excess fuels, are expected to moderate the risk of future high-intensity fires.

With the possibility of increased smoke, people with respiratory problems and smoke-sensitive individuals 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.

Updates will be available on the New Mexico Fire Information website at nmfireinfo.com, @SantaFeNF and www.facebook.com/SantaFeNF. Please contact the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District for more information at (505) 757-6121.

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