Cibola NF & National Grasslands – Sandia Ranger District – North Crest Fire

Final Release

 Albuquerque, NM July 9: The North Crest Fire is in its final stages of mop up and will be monitored and patrolled until a 100% containment/control is determined. Minimal fire activity was reported yesterday and during the night. With today’s cooperating weather, conditions are expected to remain the same.

Fire crews will continue to address ground work in accessible areas of the North Crest Fire located within the Sandia Mountain Wilderness Area.  Completion of a vegetation thinning project surrounding the Sandia Crest Communication towers continues.  The communication site is a critical infrastructure and this work will enhance its future protection.

Fire personnel and supporting air and ground equipment are being released as the projects are completed. There are 65 firefighters and 1 helicopter assigned to this fire, with other air and ground resources available if necessary.

The Sandia Ranger District would like to thank all those agencies and personnel that provided support (county, state and city) in responding to this incident. It is this team effort that enables us to be successful in challenging situations like this. In addition, we would like to thank the communities for their words of encouragement and support during this incident.

Please remain aware of the potential for wildfires as campfires continue to be abandoned throughout the district and illegal fires are set and abandoned.

With the public’s help, the mountains of the Sandia Ranger District will be protected — please report any unusual activity to 505-281-3304 or, simply call 911.

This will be the final update for the North Crest Fire. For any additional information Please call the Sandia Ranger District at 505-281-3304 or visit the

Stage two fire restrictions remain in place. 


Victoria Fox

U.S. Forest Service

Cibola National Forest and

National Grasslands


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