Cibola NF & National Grasslands – Final Fire Updates for the North Fire and Puertecito Fire – 7/21/2016

Magdalena, NM; July 21, 2016 – The North Fire on the Magdalena Ranger District remains at 42,102 acres; at 100% contained. 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 and is in a patrol and monitor status.

Seeding preparations will begin at Monica Spike Camp, the Helibase and parts of the North Fire’s fire perimeter. Miscellaneous clean-up continues to be done throughout the fire area.

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 in the San Mateo Mountains on the Magdalena Ranger District, Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands.

The Magdalena Ranger District Staff would like to thank all the communities surrounding Magdalena, NM for your support during this long duration fire, as we seek to improve community and partner understanding and participation in wildland fire management.  The service and hospitality shown to our fire crews during their assignments on the North Fire was exceptional.

Puertecito Fire – The Puertecito Fire on the Magdalena Ranger District is currently 106 acres; at 95% containment. The lightning caused fire started on July 4, 2016 and is located in the Magdalena Mountains, 15 miles south of Magdalena, NM.  The Puertecito Fire has received precipitation over the fire area, with minimal fire activity.  The fire will be monitored by a district lookout and air craft reconnaissance flights.  There are 7 fire personnel assigned to the incident.

The extended weather forecast for calls for a monsoonal flow to begin setting up 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 in the Magdalena Mountains on the Magdalena Ranger District, Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands.

This will be the last update for the North Fire and Puertecito Fire. Fire Information updates are available from 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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