Gila National Forest – Baca Fire, 5/15/2017 @ 0930

Location: Quemado Ranger District on the Gila National Forest
6 miles northeast of Quemado Lake Catron County, New Mexico
Start Date: May 12, 2017 Size: 330 acres Cause: Lightning
Vegetation: Ponderosa Pine, Grass
Smoke: Smoke may be visible within the surrounding area of Quemado, Pie Town, Horse Springs, and Datil, NM
Resources: 1 engine, 2 Type 2 crews, 1 Wildland Fire Module, and 2 Hotshot crews.
Incident Commander: Pete Valenzuela IC3
Summary: The Baca Fire is burning on National Forest lands in rugged terrain. There are no values at risk in the immediate area. Values surrounding the fire include private property, Quemado Lake Recreation Area, Continental Divide Trail – located east of the fire, range improvement infrastructure and mixed conifer vegetation. Fire personnel are constructing hand line on the north perimeter to the pre-identified control features to contain the fire with limited exposure to fire personnel and the public. The current fire behavior is helping with restoring healthy forests and watershed restoration.
CDT hikers are discouraged from using the trail due to heavy fire activity and smoke through Macho Canyon area. We recommend at Dead Horse Canyon to take FR93 east to CRA095, north to Hwy 60. Forest visitors are discouraged from using FR 13D (Baca Pit Rd.) due to fire activity and fire vehicle traffic. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Sensors have been ordered to monitor air quality, information on air quality and protecting your health can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health website at”
For more information on this fire, go to or call Quemado Ranger District at 575.773.4678. For information on the Gila National Forest, check out our website at or join the conversation on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter @GilaNForest.

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