Cibola NF & National Grasslands’ – The North Fire Remains at 42,102 Acres

Magdalena, NM; June 28, 2016 – The North fire on the Magdalena Ranger District remains at 42,102 acres; at 69% containment. The lightning-caused fire started on May 21st and is located in the San Mateo Mountains, 25 miles southwest of Magdalena, NM. The North Fire continues to be actively managed for multiple resource benefits.

Yesterday culvert refurbishment continued to clear debris from the existing CCC culvert system along FR 549 to Monica Saddle. Snagging operations removing burned hazardous trees along FR 330 continued yesterday. Crews continue to repair water pipe line and fencing along the east side of the fire perimeter. Minimal wetting moisture and lightning occurred over the fire perimeter yesterday. Today crews will patrol and monitor the fire perimeter to protect private property in the fire area.  Crews will access fence along FR138 for possible repair. Road grading improvement will begin from intersection of US Highway 60 down FR 549 to rehab road conditions.  Fire behavior and effects are being assessed to ensure they meet the incident objectives.  Point protection is being provided to maintain private and infrastructure values.  There are currently 77 personnel assigned to the incident.

A local Type 4 Incident Commander took command of the North Fire yesterday evening at 7:00 p.m. The Type 4 organization will consist of a variety of local and single resources available to actively manage the North Fire for multiple resource benefits.  Patrolling and monitoring the North Fire perimeter will be a daily operation by assigned fire resources.

The weather forecast Tuesday calls for a continuation of afternoon and evening thunderstorms. Visit the New Mexico Department of Health visibility test to determine smoke impacts in your area at: https://nmtracking.org/fire. The smoke monitoring website is:  http://app.airsis.com/USFS/fleet.aspx. Smoke will continue to be visible 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 District 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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