Santa Fe NF Monitoring Peggy Fire on Jemez Ranger District

Start Date: July 18, 2017

Cause: Lightning

Size: Approximately 11 acres

Location: On the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest, the fire is located on Peggy Mesa approximately 2 miles northwest of Gilman Tunnels.

Vegetation: The fire is burning in piñon pines, juniper, ponderosa pine, and oak scrub brush.

Current Situation: A lightning strike ignited a single standing dead tree (snag) that spread the fire into surrounding slash and nearby dead and down timber. The low-intensity fire is creeping and smoldering.  The fire is in monitor status.

Smoke/Air Quality: Smoke may be visible from the US Route 550, and NM Hwy 4 at Jemez Pueblo. It is not generating a lot of smoke or affecting many communities. Individuals sensitive to smoke, as well as those with respiratory or heart disease, are reminded to take precautionary measures.  Air quality information and health protection measures are available online at the New Mexico Department of Health’s website:

Fire Information:  Fire updates are posted on the New Mexico Fire Information website at and on @SantaFeNF and Additional information can be obtained from the Jemez Ranger District at 575-829-3535.

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