Borrego Fire Update: Sept. 5, 2017

Start Date: Sept. 4, 2017

Cause: Lightning

Size: Approximately 12 acres

Location: Borrego Mesa on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest, approximately 3 miles southeast of Ponderosa and approximately 1 mile north of the northern boundary of Zia Pueblo tribal lands

Vegetation:  Ponderosa pine, piñon and juniper

Current Situation: The lightning-caused Borrego Fire was reported on Monday, Sept. 4. Crews assessed the fire Monday evening, and today fire managers implemented a full-suppression strategy.  Resources on the fire include one engine, some utility vehicles, district fire personnel and the Jemez Eagles fire crew from nearby Jemez Pueblo.

Weather: A strong cold front entered eastern and central New Mexico this morning, bringing gusty winds and cooler temperatures. Isolated to scattered storms are expected into the evening, mainly over the northern and western mountains. Isolated to scattered storms will redevelop on Wednesday and Thursday over higher terrain.

Smoke/Air Quality:  Smoke from the Borrego Fire is visible from Ponderosa and along US Route 550. 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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