McGaffey fire Update


After today information can be reached at 575-741-1516.  For text messages on the progress of the fire text ‘follow CarsonNF’ to 40404.

Firing operations on the McGaffey Fire were completed yesterday.  Pockets of unburned fuels in the interior of the south east end of the fire were ignited and lines on the west side were completed and secured.  Smoke production and visibility continued through the day. The fire received some rain in the evening.

Today’s operations will include continuing to patrol, mop up and secure the perimeter of the fire.  Managing this fire to meet resource objectives has been successful.  As the fire continues to move in the interior, smoke will be visible but diminished.  Thunderstorms and showers are forecasted for the afternoon.

As in all incidents, firefighter and public safety are priorities.  When naturally caused fires occur, fire managers carefully identify areas where fire can be allowed to move naturally to accomplish multiple objectives.  Fire managers, along with resource specialists, help evaluate these objectives and consider any values that may be at risk.  The Carson National Forest will continue to assess lightning caused fires for other opportunities to manage them to meet resource objectives.

The New Mexico Environment Department’s Air Quality Bureau was notified and smoke monitors were placed in two communities.  Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found at the New Mexico Department of Health website at


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