Battleship Fire on Santa Fe National Forest

June 20, 2016; 11:00 a.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: 0%
Cause: Human
Growth Potential: High
Vegetation: Heavy fuels, dead and down timber, ponderosa pine and Douglas fir

Summary: The Battleship Fire is in steep terrain with difficult access. Crews were on scene overnight working on the perimeter. Thanks to calm wind conditions overnight, the perimeters are holding. But the heavy fuels in the interior are burning hot. Air attack is monitoring the fire from the air. A helitack crew is delivering portable water tanks to assist with suppression. Santa Fe County’s Black Canyon hand crew is on scene, and a 20-person hand crew from the Pike and San Isabel National Forests is on its way to the fire. 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: Battleship Rock Campground and Picnic Area, Jemez Falls Campground, Hummingbird Music Camp and the YMCA Camp Shaver

Weather: Hotter, drier weather conditions continue today with the possibility of isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon. Winds are from the southeast at 10 to 15 mph.

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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