Peggy Fire Update: July 26, 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: 593 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 took advantage of favorable weather conditions yesterday to make good progress through both ponderosa pine and piñon/juniper vegetation controlled ignitions. Interior spot fires continue to be moderated by the minimal needle litter and ladder fuels in the San Diego prescribed fire treatment area.  Crews will continue controlled burning operations as conditions allow.

The lightning-caused Peggy Fire is being managed to promote forest health and habitat diversity while removing heavy fuel loads on this landscape that has not seen beneficial low-intensity fire in several years. These actions will further reduce the risk of future catastrophic wildfire.

The Jemez Ranger District has more than a thousand archaeological and cultural sites, including some on Peggy Mesa. Fire crews are working with forest archaeologists to protect these sites by implementing a buffer around them.

Weather: The Peggy Fire received light precipitation yesterday. The forecast calls for monsoonal rains and significant moisture from Wednesday night through Friday.  Relative humidities will continue to increase with daytime cloud cover, creating near-tropical conditions.  Conditions may dry over the weekend, but a backdoor cold front should recharge the moisture and bring another “monsoon burst” early next week.

Smoke/Air Quality: Smoke is visible and may affect the Pueblo of Jemez and the communities of Gilman and Cañon. 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:

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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