Chicoma Fire: April 30

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Chicoma Fire: April 30

Start Date: April 30, 2018

Cause: Unknown

Size: 20 acres

Location:  Espanola Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest.  5 miles east of Chicoma peak and 9 miles west of Espanola.

Weather:  The winds are currently out of the southwest, gusting up to 20 MPH.

Situation: The fire was reported the afternoon of Monday, April 30.  Resources on scene include 3 engines and a 20 person handcrew.  4 air tankers are also on scene, dropping retardant on the fire.  In addition, a 20 person hotshot crew is enroute along with 2 more engines.

Smoke/Air Quality: Communities to the east, or northeast may be impacted by smoke because of prevailing winds.  Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health’s website at https://nmtracking.org/fire.

Fire Information: Fire updates are posted on the New Mexico Fire Information website at nmfireinfo.com and on Twitter @SantaFeNF and www.facebook.com/SantaFeNF.  For more information, contact Santa Fe National Forest Public Affairs Assistant, Anna Bouchonville at (505) 438-5321, or email abouchonville@fs.fed.us.

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