Cibola NF & National Grasslands – Magdalena Ranger District Taylor Canyon Fire Update-7/10/2017

Magdalena, NM; July 10, 2017 – For Immediate Release – The Taylor Canyon Fire, located on the Magdalena Ranger District, is 60 acres in size with approximately 20 assigned personnel. Resources include one Wildland Fire Module, four Type 6 Engines, and one Type 3 Helicopter.  The lightning-caused fire started on July 6 and is located in Taylor Canyon, 55 miles west of Magdalena, NM, in the San Mateo Mountains.

The fire is burning in Ponderosa Pine, grass, and brush. It continues to creep along the ground and back down ridge lines.  The Taylor Canyon fire is burning in previously treated areas, minimizing the risk of large fire potential.  Conditions are very favorable for this fire to be managed for wildlife habitat improvement and returning fire to the ecosystem.

A Type 3 Incident Commander assumed command of the Taylor Canyon Fire this morning at 6:00 AM. Resources from the U. S. Forest Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, New Mexico State Forestry, and the City of Rio Rancho are currently assigned.  Resources will commit only to operations where and when they can be successful.

At this time, there are no road advisories or closures in place. STAGE I Fire Restriction are in place in the San Mateo Mountains. The weather forecast calls for a chance of afternoon thunderstorms. Aerial and hand ignitions could begin as soon as today.  Smoke may be visible from US Highway 60 as fire behavior increases.  The fire size is likely to increase through the beginning of next week.

The fire is being managed to achieve multiple resource objectives such as improve wildlife habitat, protect cultural resources, reduce hazardous fuels, and return fire to the ecosystem. All decisions related to management of this fire will be based upon minimizing exposure and risk to fire fighters.  Point protection measures are in place to defend values that are at risk.  Protection measures will be implemented around private inholdings. The fire will be kept within established boundaries.

For more information about the Taylor Canyon Fire, please contact the Magdalena Ranger District during regular business hours at 575-854-2281. You may also visit the New Mexico Fire Information website at , Twitter:@Cibola_NF, and

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