Cow Fire on the Santa Fe NF

Cow Fire Update July 19, 2017

Start Date: July 18, 2017 Cause: Lightning Size: Less than 1 acre Location: On the Pecos Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest, about 6 miles northeast of the village of Pecos near Cow Creek Vegetation: The fire is in the burn scar from the 2000 Viveash Fire and is burning through slash and dead and down timber.

Current Situation: The fire started when lightning hit a single standing dead tree, or snag. The snag subsequently fell, and fire started creeping slowly down the slopes. Although it remains small, the Cow Fire is putting out a lot of smoke due to the concentration of dead and down fuels. A rocky area on the north side of the fire is holding it, and green drainages to the east and west of the fire should help keep it from growing. Fire crews are monitoring the Cow Fire.

Smoke/Air Quality: Smoke from the Cow Fire may be visible from the Pecos Valley, I-25 between Pecos and Las Vegas, and State Roads 50 and 63. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health’s website at https://nmtracking.org/fire.

Fire Information: Updates will be posted on the New Mexico Fire Information website at nmfireinfo.com and on @SantaFeNF and www.facebook.com/SantaFeNF. For additional information, contact the Pecos Ranger District at 505.757.6121.

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