Escondido Fire has grown to 500 acres

This is an update on the lightning-caused Escondido Fire, located in a remote section of the Mount Taylor Ranger District, approximately 20 miles northeast of Grants, NM.  The fire is being actively managed to achieve optimal resource benefits and it has grown to 500 acres in size.

Located within the Black Mesa Wildlife Improvement project site, the low intensity flames are improving forest health and wildlife habitat by consuming large amounts of dead woody debris from the forest floor, recycling nutrients back into the soil, and creating habitat diversity that will ultimately encourage the growth of new plants and improve foraging opportunities.

Smoke may be visible as the fire progresses over the next few weeks, but the extended forecast indicates little to no risk of large fire potential.  As with all fire management activities, the primary objective of the Escondido Fire is public and fire fighter safety.  Cooperators include the U. S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and New Mexico State Forestry.  For additional information, please contact the Mount Taylor Ranger District at 505-287-8833.

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The Escondido Fire is being managed for resource benefits

Albuquerque, NM, September 22, 2017 – Fire Managers from Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands are managing the lightning caused Escondido Fire for resource benefits.  This fire is well positioned to accomplish landscape scale restoration.  It is located in a remote area 17 miles northeast of Mount Taylor, within the Black Mesa Wildlife Improvement project, on the Mount Taylor Ranger District.  It is burning in ponderosa pine with some juniper woodlands, oak brush, and scattered open meadows nearby.  Fuel reduction projects and prescribed fires were completed in surrounding areas within the past few years.  The fire is currently 5-10 acres in size and slowly creeping across the forest floor as it consumes pine needles, fallen branches, logs, and other dead woody debris.  Storm chances and humidity are expected to increase this week, and the seven day weather forecast indicates little to no risk of large fire potential.

Crews may use hand or aerial ignitions to keep the Escondido Fire contained within desired treatment areas or to achieve desired fire effects.  Smoke may be visible as the fire progresses over the next few weeks, particularly when large pocket of fuels such as fallen logs are consumed.

As with all fire management activities, the primary objective of the Escondido Fire is public and fire fighter safety.  Cooperators include the U. S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and New Mexico State Forestry.  For additional information, please contact the Mount Taylor Ranger District at 505-287-8833.

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