Cibola NF & National Grasslands – Taylor Canyon Fire Final Update – 07/15/2017


Magdalena, NM; July 15, 2017 – For Immediate Release – The Taylor Canyon Fire, located on the Magdalena Ranger District, is at 4,578 acres. The change in acreage is due to more accurate mapping. 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 35 personnel will remain on to the Taylor Canyon fire. Resources include two Wildland Fire Modules, and two Type 6 Engines and one Type 3 Helicopter. Resources from the U. S. Forest Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Bureau of Land Management are currently assigned.

The fire continues to burn in ponderosa pine, pinyon, juniper, and grass on both Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands. Firefighters will continue to patrol the perimeter of the fire today, to ensure all containment lines are holding.  Crews will monitor the west and north perimeter of the fire. Fire behavior is expected to be minimal, but the public can expect to see smoke as interior pockets of fuels continue to burn.  Smoke by be visible NM 52 and US Highway 60.

The local Type 3 Incident Management Team would like to thank the local communities for their support during the Taylor Canyon Fire. The public and firefighters safety remains our first priority.   As the monsoonal flow continues, the Taylor Canyon Fire will continue to be managed to achieve multiple resource objectives, including improving wildlife habitat, protecting cultural resources, reducing hazardous fuels, and returning fire to the ecosystem.

The local Type 3 Incident Management Team will turn the Taylor Canyon Fire back to the local unit today at 1:00 PM. A Type 4 Incident Commander will assume control of the fire.

This will be the final news release for the Taylor Canyon Fire unless significant activity occurs. 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  You may also visit the New Mexico Fire Information website at , Twitter:@Cibola_NF, and

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