Cibola NF & National Grasslands’ – The North Fire at 6,767

Magdalena, NM; June 2, 2016 – The North Fire on the Magdalena Ranger District had minimal growth yesterday, and is now approximately 6,767 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 1/10” of precipitation across the Fire.  Aerial  and hand ignitions continued yesterday to clean up interior pockets of unburned fuel along Forest Road 138 north and along the southeast side of the fire perimeter.  The fire continues to burn in pine stringers throughout the management area.  With the precipitation yesterday, fire behavior is expected to be low intensity today.  The fire continues to provide for improved ecosystem health and resilience.  As the North Fire continues to be managed, fire behavior and effects are constantly being assessed to insure incident objectives are being met. 129 fire personnel are assigned to the fire.

The weather forecast over the North Fire on Thursday calls for a chance of morning thunderstorms and then a chance for dry thunderstorms in the afternoon.  The weather forecast for Friday through the weekend calls for a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.  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 for 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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