Baca Fire, May 16, 2017 at 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:    400 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:    3 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 immediate values at risk in the 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. The objective is to confine and contain the fire within natural and manmade features, to limited exposure to fire personnel and the public. Containment efforts are being concentrated on the northern end of the fire. Fire personnel finished constructing hand line on the north perimeter to connect existing roads and trails. Firing operations last night began to secure the northern perimeter.

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 FSRD93 east to CRA095.north to Hwy60. Forest visitors are discouraged from using FSRD 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”

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