Baca Fire, May 18, 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:    670 acres        Cause: Lightning

Vegetation:    Ponderosa Pine, grass, and mixed conifer

Smoke:           Smoke may be visible within the surrounding area of Quemado, Pie Town, Horse Springs, and Datil, NM

Resources:    1 Wildland Fire Modules

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 limit exposure to fire personnel and the public. Yesterday crews mopped up along FR 4187A. Due to today’s weather event the current type three organization will begin releasing resources and tentatively start the transition process back to the Quemado Ranger District.

CDT hikers are discouraged from using the trail due to smoke through Macho Canyon area. We recommend at Dead Horse Canyon to take FR93 east to CRA095, north to Hwy60. FR 13D is closed due to fire related hazards until an assessment can be completed

Smoke monitoring sensors have been cancelled. For 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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