Battleship Fire on Santa Fe National Forest Contained

June 20, 2016; 6:30 p.m.
Location:
• Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest
• South of Battleship Rock off of Highway 4 and in proximity to the Hummingbird Music Camp, the YMCA Camp Shaver, Jemez Falls and multiple recreation sites
Start Date: Reported June 19, 2016
Size: Approximately 3 acres
Percent Contained: 100%
Cause: Human
Growth Potential: Low
Vegetation: Heavy fuels, dead and down timber, ponderosa pine and Douglas fir

Summary: Crews contained the Battleship Fire at 5:15 p.m. today and will remain on scene until approximately 9:00 p.m. tonight. The Battleship Fire is in steep terrain with difficult access. Crews worked overnight Sunday to complete a line around the perimeter. Because of hot, dry conditions and the heavy fuel load in the area, fire managers ordered a strong response to the fire. The effort paid off as crews kept the fire from growing beyond 3 acres. Crews will return to the site early Tuesday to monitor the fire and complete mop-up. Smoke may be visible along the Highway 4 corridor.

Fire danger on the Santa Fe National Forest is Extreme. 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.

Structures Threatened: None

Weather: Partly cloudy skies may turn to scattered showers and thunderstorms through the evening with winds in the 10 to 15 mph range. A weak moisture push into New Mexico could generate a dry lightning pattern over higher terrain.

Resources Assigned:
• Firefighters: 55
• Engines: 1 (engines are not effective in the steep terrain)
• Air attack fixed-wing aircraft
• Type 3 helicopter

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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