Magdalena, NM; July 12, 2016 – The Puertecito Fire on the Magdalena Ranger District is currently 65 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 Hot Shot Crew of 21 personnel and a Wildland Fire Module with 6 personnel and one type 3 Helicopter are currently assigned to the incident. The fire is burning in Ponderosa pine, piñon–juniper, and grass. Current operations include crews assessing direct attack options on the north and east side of the fire, as well as prepping indirect line on Hardy Ridge Trail system. Smoke is visible from County Road 107, as well as Socorro, NM and Interstate Highway 25. There are no immediate values at risk.
The weather calls for a drying trend to set up over the region with an increase in winds through Thursday, then a chance of afternoon and evening thunderstorms will develop for the 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 in the Magdalena Mountains 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, and www.facebook.com/cibolanf.