Carson National Forest Bonita Wildfire Update 6/12/17


Location:      El Rito Ranger District

Bonita Canyon

19 miles North of El Rito

9 miles North of Cañon Plaza

Size:  280 acres

Cause:  Lightning

Start Date:  June 3, 2017


El Rito, NM, June 12, 2017—For Immediate Release. CLOSURE ORDER 02-444: Portions of land located within and adjacent to Township 27 N, Range 7 E, Section 33, as described here wholly contained within the boundaries of the Bonita Fire Area, from the junction of FR274/42, and FR42 to the junction of FR42F, FR42F to the Rio Vallecitos, Rio Vallecitos to FR274, FR274 to junction of FR274/42, including trails, parking areas and roads, more specifically depicted on the attached Closure Order Map, Exhibit A.

The Continental Divide Trail is not within the closure area, however, smoke may impact the trail.

Widespread critical fire weather conditions are expected today, as temperatures reach the mid-eighties and humidity levels reach single digit values. RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM THIS MORNING TO 9 PM MDT THIS EVENING.

Fire managers on the Carson National Forest are inviting the public to a community meeting at 6:00 P.M. Monday, June 12, 2017, at the Vallecitos Volunteer Fire Department located at CR 247 House No. 1540, Vallecitos 87581. Personnel will discuss the progression of the Bonita Fire.

People with respiratory problems and smoke-sensitive individuals are encouraged to take precautionary measures.  Smoke may be visible from the communities of Tres Piedras, Cañon Plaza, Vallecitos, La Madera, and El Rito, and may continue to be visible.  Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health’s website at  The American Red Cross can be contacted at (505) 265-8514 for smoke related health concerns.  

For fire information, please call the Bonita Fire Information Line at (575) 758-6345 from 8:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M., or visit Inciweb, Carson National Forest Facebook page or Twitter @CarsonNF.

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