Cibola NF & National Grasslands’ – The North Fire Grew to 6,581 acres

Magdalena, NM; June 1, 2016 – The North Fire on the Magdalena Ranger District grew in size yesterday, and is now approximately 6,581 acres. The lightning-caused fire is located in the San Mateo Mountains, 25 miles southwest of Magdalena, NM. The North Fire is being actively managed for multiple resource benefits.

Yesterday afternoon the North Fire received minimal precipitation on the west side of the fire perimeter. Fire crews completed hazard tree falling for FR138 and FR330.  Resource Specialists are gathering information on heritage sites in the current management area and assessing fire protection needs.  The fire continues to burn in ponderosa pine, piñon–juniper, mixed-conifer, and grass. The North Fire is enhancing wildlife habitat, while protecting cultural resources, reducing hazardous fuels and returning fire to the ecosystem.  There are 129 fire personnel assigned to the fire.

The weather forecast over the North Fire on Wednesday calls for a chance of afternoon and evening thunderstorms with wetting moisture. Thursday through Saturday a drying trend is forecast over the North Fire perimeter. Smoke continues to be visible from I-25 south of Socorro, NM.  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: https://nmtracking.org/fire. The New Mexico Air Quality Bureau has placed a smoke monitor at the Magdalena Ranger District Administrative Site, located off County Road 107, in Magdalena,NM. The smoke monitoring website is: http://app.airsis.com/USFS/fleet.aspx

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.

For more information, please contact the Magdalena Ranger District at 575-854-2281, or visit the New Mexico Fire Information website at www.nmfireinfo.com , Twitter:@Cibola_NF, www.facebook.com/cibolanf, and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/

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