Cibola NF & National Grasslands’ – The North Fire at 7,878 acres

Magdalena, NM; June 5, 2016 – The North Fire on the Magdalena Ranger District had minimal growth yesterday and is now 7,878 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. It is now 20% contained.

Aerial and hand ignitions continued along the north and east side of FR 138. These ignitions are being used to secure containment lines and to meet incident objectives, which are primarily focused on improved ecosystem health and resilience.

The fire behavior and effects are continuously being assessed to insure incident objectives are being met. The southeastern perimeter of the fire remains in patrol/monitor status. There are 126 personnel assigned to the incident.

The weather forecast for Sunday through Monday calls for a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Smoke continues to be visible from US Highway 60 west of Magdalena, NM. Communities surrounding Magdalena, NM continue to experience drifting smoke and haze in the afternoon and evenings. The New Mexico Department of Health provides a visibility test to determine smoke impacts in your area at: 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:

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 , Twitter:@Cibola_NF,, and

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