Fire Crews Monitoring Ojitos Fire

SANTA FE, NM – July 18, 2017 – For Immediate Release.  The lightning-caused Ojitos Fire on the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest is currently in monitor status after receiving significant moisture over the last few days.

The Ojitos Fire, which started July 7 near the Chama River Canyon Wilderness, is in a remote area characterized by steep, rocky terrain and natural barriers to fire growth. Fire managers determined that aggressive fire management is not warranted at this time, given the low intensity of the fire, limited access and concerns for firefighter safety combined with the arrival of monsoonal precipitation.

Firefighters are patrolling the 150-acre fire on a daily basis to keep an eye on fire activity, which has been steadily decreasing.

Smoke may be visible from the Rio Chama, the tops of nearby mesas and the Monastery of Christ in the Desert, approximately 5 miles south of the Ojitos Fire. Individuals sensitive to smoke and those with respiratory or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures.  Air quality information and health protection measures are available online at the New Mexico Department of Health’s website:  https://nmtracking.org/fire.

Additional information can be obtained from the Coyote Ranger District at 575-638-5526.

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