Cibola NF & National Grasslands – North Fire on Magdalena Ranger District

Magdalena, NM; May 23, 2016 – For Immediate Release. The North Fire, located on the Magdalena Ranger District, is 55 acres in size with approximately 78 assigned personnel. Resources include one Wildland Fire Module, two Type I Hot Shot crews, four Type 6 Engines, and one Type 3 Helicopter. The lightning-caused fire started on Saturday, May 21, and is located five miles east of Grassy Lookout in the San Mateo Mountains.

The fire is being managed to achieve multiple resource objectives, including improving wildlife habitat, protecting cultural resources, reducing hazardous fuels, and returning fire to the ecosystem. Weather conditions, predicted fire behavior, and resources are currently aligned to meet these objectives.

The fire is burning in Ponderosa Pine, mixed-conifer, grass, and brush. It is currently burning at a low intensity, creeping along the ground, and backing down ridge lines. Pre-determined management areas will be identified as the fire continues to burn so that it can be kept within established boundaries.

At this time, there are no road advisories or closures in place. There are no trail closures within the fire perimeter. The weather forecast calls for hotter and drier conditions, so smoke may become visible from US Highway 60 and I-25 as fire behavior increases. The fire size is likely to increase in these conditions through the beginning of next week.

For more information about the North Fire, please contact the Magdalena Ranger District during regular business hours at 575-854-2281. You may also visit the New Mexico Fire Information website at http://www.nmfireinfo.com , Twitter:@Cibola_NF, and http://www.facebook.com/cibolanf

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