Paliza Fire on Santa Fe National Forest Contained

June 18, 2016; 5:00 p.m.
Location:
• Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest
• In Paliza Canyon off Forest Road 266 northeast of the Paliza Campground and a mile west of the Ponderosa Christian Camp
Start Date: Reported June 18, 2016
Size: Approximately 1 acre
Percent Contained: 100%
Cause: Human, under investigation
Growth Potential: Minimal
Vegetation: Oak brush, ponderosa pine and Douglas fir

Summary: Firefighters contained the Paliza Fire at 4:30 p.m. today, keeping it to 1.1 acres. The cause is still under investigation but it is assumed to be human caused.

Fire danger on the Santa Fe National Forest continues to be Very High. Fire managers are bringing additional resources to northern New Mexico in response to the increasing threat of wildfire, including lightning forecast for Monday. Resources include a Hotshot crew from Wyoming and a strike team of five engines. An air attack crew arrived today, and a Type 2 helicopter is due on Monday.

The Southwest is currently at Preparedness Level 4 out of 5, which means that fire behavior may be extreme and pose a threat to life and property.

The Father’s Day weekend is a popular one for recreationists. Forest visitors are urged to use extreme caution with campfires, smoking, shooting and other activities that may spark. Fireworks are always prohibited on National Forest System lands.
If you discover an unattended fire, use 911 to report it immediately and report suspicious smoke.

Fire Information: Updates will be posted on the New Mexico Fire Information website at nmfireinfo.com and on @SantaFeNFand http://www.facebook.com/SantaFeNF.

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