Big Hat Fire Continues Benefiting Resources

Jemez Springs, NM — With the higher temperatures and drier weather, fire managers are diligently monitoring the low-intensity Big Hat Fire. Located in the southwest corner of the Valles Caldera National Preserve, the lightning-caused fire remains at 235 acres.

The surface fire is slowly creeping within the established and reinforced perimeter. Fire officials are managing the naturally-caused Big Hat Fire for resource benefit and are pleased with its progress. Additional information, maps, and photos can be found at:

There are currently no closures or impacts to recreation or roads due to the fire.  The Big Hat Fire is not threatening any structures and is being monitored by fire managers who may use a full range of actions such as conducting hand or aerial ignitions, to delay, direct, or minimize the spread of fire in one or more areas if necessary.

Smoke will continue to be visible as the fire consumes unburnt fuels within the interior of the fire perimeter. Smoke may settle into low lying areas in the evening. On drier days, an increase in smoke and fire behavior may be noticed.  On days with more clouds and moisture there may be little to no smoke or fire growth.

Smoke may be a health concern for children, pregnant women, senior citizens, and those suffering from allergies, asthma, chemical sensitivities, or other heart or lung diseases. To reduce exposure to smoke, stay indoors with windows, doors, and vents closed. Avoid or limit physical activities outdoors. Information on health impacts from smoke can be found by calling the New Mexico Department of Health at 1-888-878-8992, or visiting:

About Valles Caldera National Preserve

About 1.25 million years ago, a spectacular volcanic eruption created the approximately 13-mile wide circular depression now known as the Valles Caldera. The preserve is known for its huge mountain meadows, abundant wildlife, and meandering streams. The area also preserves the homeland of ancestral native peoples and embraces a rich ranching history. Visit us at

About the National Park Service

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