August 12, 2015; 1:00 P.M.
Location: Chama River Canyon Wilderness, Coyote Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest
Start Date: August 7, 2015 Cause: Lightning
Size: Less than one acre Percent Contained: 0%
Vegetation: Ponderosa pine Growth Potential: Low
Summary: Light smoke may be visible from the lightning-caused Rincon Fire in the Chama River Canyon Wilderness on the Santa Fe National Forest’s Coyote Ranger District. Located approximately three miles south of the Monastery of Christ in the Desert, the Rincon Fire is smoldering in the heavier ground fuels.
Fire managers are keeping the fire in monitor status for now based on firefighter safety and accessibility issues related to the steep terrain. The Forest Service’s fire management objectives in designated wilderness areas are to permit lightning-caused fires to play a natural ecological role on the landscape and to reduce the risks and consequences of wildfire escaping from wilderness.
There are no structures threatened by the Rincon Fire. Smoke may be visible from State Highway 96, Abiquiu Lake, Ghost Ranch and areas around State Highway 84. 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.
Weather: The fire received rain twice yesterday afternoon and light precipitation overnight. There is a 70% chance of precipitation for the area today with numerous showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon and into the evening.
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