Peggy Fire Update – Jemez Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest

Start Date: July 18, 2017

Cause: Lightning

Size: 35 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: Piñon pines, juniper, ponderosa pine and oak scrub brush

Current Situation: A lightning strike ignited a single standing dead tree (snag) and spread into surrounding dead and down timber and brush. The low-intensity fire is burning slowly with active backing.  Flame lengths of 1-2 feet are evident.  Afternoon and evening higher humidities continue to moderate the fire activity.  The fire is being monitored with daily patrols.

Smoke/Air Quality: Smoke has increased, with impacts expected in Gilman and Jemez Pueblo. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people 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: Additional information can be obtained from the Jemez Ranger District at 575-829-3535.

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