Cibola NF & National Grasslands – North Fire and Puertecito Fire Update – 7/14/2016

Magdalena, NM; July 14, 2016 – The North Fire on the Magdalena Ranger District remains at 42,102 acres; at 95% 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 has shown little fire activity.  There are currently 4 personnel assigned to the incident.

Some fence reconstruction is still needed, and will be completed by district personnel.  The Monica Spike Camp and Helibase are being prepared for seeding.  Miscellaneous clean-up is being done throughout the fire area.

Road repair work continues on Forest Roads 549, 330, and 138.  The roads were used heavily throughout the suppression and rehabilitation efforts and, in some areas, damaged by the fire effects.

A temporary Area Closure Order remain in effect for the vicinity of the North Fire. All National Forest System lands, roads, and trails within the closure area are closed to public use. Stage I fire restrictions have been implemented on the Magdalena Ranger District, Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands.

Puertecito Fire – The Puertecito Fire on the Magdalena Ranger District is currently 106 acres; at 50% containment. The lightning caused fire started on July 4, 2016 and is located in the Magdalena Mountains, 15 miles south of Magdalena, NM.  There are currently 33 fire personnel 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 forecast for Thursday calls for a drying trend to continue over the region. A chance for afternoon and evening thunderstorms could develop into the weekend.   When driving on Forest Roads during approaching storms, 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 have been implemented on the Magdalena Ranger District, Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands.

Updates for the North Fire and Puertecito Fire will be posted by visiting the New Mexico Fire Information website at www.nmfireinfo.com , Twitter:@Cibola_NF, www.facebook.com/cibolanf, and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. For more information, please contact the Magdalena Ranger District at 575-854-2281.

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