Cibola NF & National Grasslands – Taylor Canyon Fire Update – 07/11/2017

Magdalena, NM; July 11, 2017 – For Immediate Release – The Taylor Canyon Fire, located on the Magdalena Ranger District, increased in size to 520 acres. The increase in acreage is due to aerial and hand ignition operations within the defined management area.  Aerial and hand ignitions will continue today on the fire line.  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.

Approximately 60 personnel are assigned to the Taylor Canyon fire.  Resources include one Wildland Fire Module, one Type 2 IA Crew, four Type 6 Engines, and one Type 3 Helicopter.  Resources from the U. S. Forest Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, New Mexico State Forestry, Returning Hero’s Program; and the City of Rio Rancho are currently assigned.

The Taylor Canyon Fire is burning in previous treated areas consisting of Ponderosa Pine, Pinyon, Juniper, grass, and brush. Conditions are very favorable for this fire to be managed for wildlife habitat improvement, to protect cultural resources, reduce hazardous fuels, and return fire to the ecosystem.  Aerial and hand ignition operations will continue as long as weather conditions allow.

Point protection measures are in place to defend values that are at risk. Protection measures will be implemented around private inholdings. Decisions related to management of this fire will be based upon minimizing exposure and risk to fire fighters.

STAGE I Fire Restriction are in place in the San Mateo Mountains. At this time, there are no road advisories or closures in place. Monsoonal moisture is anticipated to gradually increase across the area bringing a possibility of showers and thunderstorms.  Predicted storms have a moderate chance of producing wetting rain.

Smoke may be visible from US Highway 60 as fire behavior increases. Smoke can hurt your eyes, irritate your respiratory system, and intensify chronic heart and lung problems.  Your eyes are your best tools to determine if it’s safe to be outside.  If you are having health effects from smoke exposure then take extra care to stay inside or get to an area with better air quality.  You should also see your doctor or healthcare professional as needed.  For information on air quality and protecting your health, and to find guidelines on distances and visibility, please visit http://nmtracking.org/fire.

For more information about the Taylor Canyon Fire, please contact the Magdalena Ranger District during regular business hours at 575-854-2281 or Cindy Wolfe at cwolfe@fs.fed.us.  You may also visit the New Mexico Fire Information website at www.nmfireinfo.com , Twitter:@Cibola_NF, and www.facebook.com/cibolanf

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