Cibola NF & National Grasslands’ – The North Fire at 4,548 acres

Magdalena, NM; May 30, 2016 – The 4, 548 acre North Fire on the Magdalena Ranger District had minimal fire spread yesterday. The lightning-caused fire is located in the San Mateo Mountains, 5 miles east of Grassy Lookout and 25 miles southwest of Magdalena, NM.   This lightning-caused fire is being actively managed for multiple resource benefits.

Yesterday, aerial and hand ignitions occurred on the Crest Road (FR 138) east of Grassy Lookout. Unburned pockets of remaining hazardous fuels were ignited. The fire is still burning in pine stringers throughout the management area.  Fire behavior continues to smolder and creep along the ground through grass and brush.  Resource specialists were able to fly the fire yesterday to continue quantifying fire effects. The fire continues to provide for improved ecosystem health and resilience. As the North Fire continues to burn, potential fire behavior and effects are continuously being assessed to ensure incident objectives are being met.  Fire personnel assigned to the fire remains at 129.

The weather forecast over the North Fire on Tuesday calls for a chance of afternoon and evening thunderstorms. Smoke continues to be visible from I-25 south of Socorro, New Mexico.  Local communities surrounding Magdalena, NM continue to experience drifting smoke and haze in the afternoon and evening. The New Mexico Department of Health provides a visibility test to determine smoke impacts in your area on their website at:

A temporary Area Closure Order has been issued in the vicinity of the North Fire. All National Forest System lands, roads, and trails within the closure area are closed to public use.  The trails and roads affected by the Area Closure include:

  • Trail 92, Trail 91, Trail 36, Trail 37, Trail 37A, Trail 38
  • Forest Road (FR) 330, FR 378, FR 138, FR 138A, FR 56, FR 52

The Type 3 Incident Management Team and fire crews assigned to the North Fire would like to take this opportunity to thank our men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice to the service of our country on this Memorial Day Holiday.

For more information, please contact the Magdalena Ranger District at 575-854-2281, or visit the New Mexico Fire Information website at , Twitter:@Cibola_NF,, and

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