The North Fire Grows Minimally to 7,911 acres
Magdalena, NM; June 6, 2016 – The North Fire on the Magdalena Ranger District once again showed minimal growth yesterday and is now 7,911 acres. This number will continue to increase daily as ignition operations continue. The lightning-caused management fire started on May 21st and is located in the San Mateo Mountains, 25 miles southwest of Magdalena, NM. The North Fire is being actively managed for multiple resource benefits. Containment remains at 20%.
Aerial ignitions were not used yesterday while hand ignitions continued along the north and east side of FR 138 which is locally known as the “Crest Road”. Aerial ignitions will resume today along with hand ignitions and will continue to be used to establish beneficial low-intensity fires from ridge tops and control lines. This type of fire improves forest health by removing hazardous fuels, creating a more diverse landscape, and reducing the potential for high-intensity catastrophic fires; however, all fire, even low intensity fire, produces smoke.
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 110 personnel assigned to the incident.
The weather forecast for Monday through Tuesday calls for a 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms today. 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: 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 http://www.nmfireinfo.com , Twitter:@Cibola_NF, http://www.facebook.com/cibolanf, and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/