Peggy Fire Update: July 24, 2017 Jemez Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest

Start Date: July 18, 2017

Cause: Lightning struck a single standing dead tree (snag) with fire subsequently spreading into surrounding dead and down timber and brush

Size: 352 acres

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

Vegetation: Piñon pines, juniper, ponderosa pine and oak scrub brush

Current Situation: Fire crews continue to blackline on the north and south edges of the Peggy Fire while monitoring for spot fires. Fire activity continued at a low to moderate level throughout Sunday beneath cloud cover and light afternoon precipitation.  Spot fires have been largely contained by the San Diego prescribed fire treatment area where there is less needle litter and ladder fuels.  Crews will continue constructing fireline along the fire perimeter and managing pockets of unburned fuel in the interior fire as conditions warrant.

The Peggy Fire is burning through heavy fuel loads on a landscape that has not seen beneficial low-intensity fire in several years. Managing the lightning-caused Peggy Fire is expected to have a positive impact on forest health and habitat diversity while reducing the risk of future catastrophic wildfire.

Weather: The forecast calls for continued monsoonal flow with the possibility of showers in the afternoon and thunderstorms later today and tonight. Daytime temperatures will return to near normal by Wednesday as high pressure strengthens over the state.

Smoke/Air Quality: Smoke is visible and may affect Gilman and Jemez Pueblo. Smoke-sensitive individuals and those with respiratory or heart disease should take precautionary measures.  Air quality information and health protection measures are posted online at the New Mexico Department of Health’s website:  https://nmtracking.org/fire.

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

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