SANTA FE, NM – July 5, 2016 – For Immediate Release. Due to heavy rains in the area, fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest decided not to manage the lightning-caused Plantation Fire on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District for multiple objectives, including improving forest and watershed health.
Fire lines held around the four-acre perimeter over the weekend, and crews declared the Plantation Fire 100% contained at noon today. Heavier internal fuels continue to smolder, which may produce visible smoke near Barillas Peak and along the I-25 corridor
Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health’s website at https://nmtracking.org/fire.
Española Ranger District fire staff reported the lightning-caused McClure Fire completely extinguished on Sunday, July 3, at approximately 6:00 p.m. The objective for the McClure Fire, which was reported on June 23 and contained three days later, was always full suppression due to its location in the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed approximately three miles northwest of the McClure Reservoir.
Unless there is a significant change on these fires, this will be the final update for both the McClure and Plantation Fires.
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