Cibola NF & National Grasslands’ – Puertecito Fire Update

Magdalena, NM; July 8, 2016 – The Puertecito Fire on the Magdalena Ranger District is currently 19 acres in size and at 0% containment. The lightning-caused fire started on July 4th and is located in the Magdalena Mountains, 15 miles south of Magdalena, NM. The Puertecito Fire has shown minimal activity.

A fire crew of 4 personnel will staff the fire to monitor fire behavior and smoke dispersion. The fire is burning in Ponderosa pine, piñon–juniper, and grass.  The area received some rain yesterday evening.  Minimal smoke is visible from County Road 107.  There are no immediate values at risk.

The weather calls for a drying trend to set up over the region with a chance of afternoon and evening thunderstorms this weekend.   When driving on Forest Roads in stormy weather, please drive carefully, reduce speed, drive with your lights on, and ’turn around don’t drown’ at water crossings.  Also, when hiking trails, stay away from ridge tops and seek lower elevations until thunderstorms pass.

Stage I fire restrictions are in place 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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