Peggy Fire Update – July 27, 2017

Jemez Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest

Start Date: July 18, 2017

Cause: Lightning

Size: 715 acres

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

Vegetation: Ponderosa pine, piñon, juniper and oak scrub brush

Current Situation: Fire crews continue to manage the lightning-caused Peggy Fire as it moves down slope where the vegetation has transitioned from ponderosa pine to thick stands of piñon and juniper. Thick fuels within the tight canopy of the active fire zone include a heavy load of slash and dead trees that have succumbed to insects and disease.  Fire behavior was active throughout most of Wednesday, reflecting increased temperatures and lower humidities.

The Peggy Fire is burning hot, consuming fuels that would be considered hazardous under uncontrolled conditions. Improved forest health, increased habitat diversity, and a reduced risk of future catastrophic wildfires are expected outcomes of managing the Peggy Fire for resource benefit.

Weather: The forecast calls for heavy rainfall and thunderstorms throughout this afternoon and into tonight. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for portions of north and central New Mexico, including the Jemez Mountains, Lower Chama River Valley and Rio Grande Valley until 6:00 am Friday. Heavy rainfall will continue to impact portions of northern and central New Mexico on Friday, with a resurgence of heavy rain potential Sunday night through the earlier half of next week.

Smoke/Air Quality: Smoke is visible and may impact 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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