Mountainair, NM; July 1, 2016 – The lightning caused Comanche Fire was reported the afternoon of June 30th on the west side of the Manzano Mountains. With the help of heavy air support on incredibly rugged terrain, the fire was kept small until ground crews could safely reach it this morning. One hot shot crew, one type 2 hand crew, one Southern Pueblos Agency hand crew and one smoke-jumper crew were on scene this morning and again working with air attack to fight the Comanche Fire. This morning’s GPS size is 1.2 acres. Helicopters will be used to aid the firefighters with drops this morning while air tankers remain available. The steep, rocky terrain with treacherous rock cliffs will continue to make it challenging for firefighters in this very harsh part of the Manzano Mountain Wilderness. Safety will be a vital concern for firefighters. Approximately 57 ground personnel are working this fire.
Today’s weather is calling for an increased chance of rain and higher humidity. Fire crews will look to take advantage of this forecast to help in containment of the Comanche Fire.
For more information, please contact the Mountainair Ranger District at 505-847-2990 or 505-506-1959, or visit the New Mexico Fire Information website at www.nmfireinfo.com.