Hondito Wildfire Continues Despite Moisture

Taos, NM, May 20, 2017—For Immediate Release.  The wildfire showed minimal growth today and is now 22 acres.  The low wildfire activity was due largely to precipitation.  Though there were snow showers throughout the state, the Hondito Wildfire received only a modest amount of moisture.  Fire crews used this as an opportunity to concentrate on securing the perimeter and forest boundaries as well as work to protect multiple archaeology sites.  The forecast for this weekend predicts a warming and drying trend which will be helpful in meeting objectives.

Resource objectives for the Hondito Wildfire include community protection, reducing ground/ladder fuels, improving wildlife habitat, promoting grass cover, and improving forest structure.  The wildfire will also be utilized to lower the risk of future high severity fires.

Fire managers want to remind the public of the community meeting being held today at 10 am at the Tres Piedras Ranger Station located at 22280 US Highway 64, Tres Piedras 87577.  The meeting will discuss the Hondito Wildfire and answer questions about planned operations.

Although the wildfire is producing minimal smoke, people with respiratory problems and smoke-sensitive individuals 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 Fire information, please call the Hondito Wildfire Public Information line from 8am to 8pm at(575)758-6345, or visit the Carson National Forest Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CarsonNF or Twitter @CarsonNF.

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