138 Fire on Jemez Ranger District to Proceed with Management to Meet Multiple Objectives (SFNF)

Sept. 16, 2016

Location:  Bear Springs Canyon, South of Forest Road 266   Size: 33-acres

Start Date:  Sept. 8, 2016                                                      Structures Threatened:  None

Cause:  Lightning                                                     Percent Contained:  0%

Objectives:  Mitigate the risk of future high-intensity destructive wildfires, provide point protection for historical sites and jurisdiction boundaries, improve forest health and promote the growth of grasses and shrubs that provide habitat for game and non-game species.

Summary:  Fire managers have decided to move forward with the management of the lighting caused 138 Fire to meet multiple objectives.  Fire behavior has been low to moderate as it creeps slowly through pine litter and ground fuels.  Crews have prepared an area surrounding the present location of the fire to include a possible addition of 324-acres.  Firing operations will begin today and are expected to last until Monday.

Smoke:  Smoke is expected to drift northeast during the day and settle into drainages to the southeast during the night.  Smoke may be visible from Cochiti Pueblo, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, the I-25 corridor, and surrounding 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 online at the New Mexico Department of Health’s website at https://nmtracking.org/fire.

For information about the 138 Fire contact the Jemez Ranger District at 575-829-3535.  Updates will also be available on the New Mexico Fire Information website at nmfireinfo.com, @SantaFeNF and www.facebook.com/SantaFeNF.



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