Commissary Fire Update (Santa Fe National Forest)

July 20, 2015; 10:00 A.M.

Size: Approximately 2,100 acres                                                                               Growth Potential: Moderate

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

Summary: Fire managers on the lightning-caused Commissary Fire on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District will try to complete firing operations this week with hand ignitions on a remaining 350 acres as part of a strategy to manage the fire for multiple objectives.

The fire, located 13 miles east of Pecos and two miles south of Barillas Peak, is being managed to improve overall forest health. Multiple objectives on the Commissary Fire include improving wildlife and range habitat, encouraging regeneration of aspen, and improving watershed and overall forest health.

Air ventilation conditions remain good today; however, 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: Numerous showers and thunderstorms in the morning and then widespread showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon.

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

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