Cibola NF & National Grasslands’ – The North Fire Remains at 19,824 Acres

Magdalena, NM; June 12, 2016 – The North fire on the Magdalena Ranger District had minimal growth in size yesterday and is now 19,824 acres; at 25% containment. Acreage will increase daily as ignition operations continue. The lightning-caused fire started on May 21st and is located in the San Mateo Mountains, 25 miles southwest of Magdalena, NM. It continues to be actively managed for multiple resource benefits.

Yesterday afternoon the North Fire received less than 1/10” of precipitation across the Fire. The fire continues to burn in fire adapted ponderosa pine, piñon–juniper, mixed-conifer, and grass. Minimal fire behavior continued along the north and east flanks of the fire perimeter. Crews continued prepping fire line on the east side of the fire.  Active fire behavior is likely to continue, as the extended forecast calls for warm and dry conditions through the beginning of next week.

Fire managers will continue to assess the fire behavior and effects of the North Fire to insure incident objectives are being met. The southeastern perimeter of the fire remains in patrol/monitor status. There are currently 116 personnel assigned to the incident.

The weather forecast for Sunday call for a chance of afternoon thunderstorms. Then beginning the first of next week a drying trend begins to develop over the region. Smoke will 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. The trails and roads affected by the Area Closure include:  Trails: 92, 91, 36, 37, 37A, and 38; Forest Road (FR) 330, FR 378, FR 138, FR138A, FR56, FR 52, and  FR 549 from the intersection with FR 220 to Bear Trap Campground.

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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