Cibola NF & National Grasslands’ – North Fire Grows to 36,246 Acres

 Magdalena, NM; June 21, 2016 – The North fire on the Magdalena Ranger District increases in size yesterday and is now 36,246 acres; at 30% containment. 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.

Crews continued to patrol and mop up west of FR 138 in Chimney Canyon yesterday. Crews continued to patrol and monitor the fire perimeter. Fire behavior remained active along ridge tops in ponderosa pine, piñon–juniper, mixed-conifer, and grass. Today crews will continue to patrol and monitor the fire area.  Fire behavior and effects are being assessed to insure incident objectives are being met. There are currently 146 personnel assigned to the incident.

The weather forecast for Tuesday call for continued warm air temperatures along with possible afternoon and evening thunderstorms. Relative humidity forecast for the North Fire will be in the double digits on Tuesday. This pattern will moderate fire behavior and smoke production. Smoke produced from the North Fire is expected to flow north and east of the fire late in the afternoon.  The community of Magdalena and surrounding areas should be aware of these conditions and take care of themselves accordingly.  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 websites is: http://app.airsis.com/USFS/fleet.aspx. Smoke will continue to be visible from I-25 south of Socorro, NM and from US Highway 60 west of Magdalena, NM.

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. Due to the severe fire danger, and to protect public health and safety, Stage I fire restrictions have been implemented on the Magdalena Ranger Districts of Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands.

For more information, please contact the Magdalena Ranger District at 575-854-2281, or visit the New Mexico Fire Information website at www.nmfireinfo.com , Twitter:@Cibola_NF, www.facebook.com/cibolanf, and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.

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