UPDATE Chicoma Fire: May 2

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Chicoma Fire: May 2

Start Date: April 30, 2018

Cause: Unknown

Size: 42 acres

Percent Containment: 80%

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

Vegetation:  Ponderosa pine, juniper, and piñon pine

Weather:  South southwest winds will continue across the area today at 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph. Chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon.

Situation: The fire was reported the afternoon of Monday, April 30.  3 engines, 2 water tenders and one 20 person handcrew remain on scene today.  Firefighters continue to secure fire lines and mop-up hot spots to keep the Chicoma Fire within the existing containment lines.

On Monday, April 30, airtanker operations were suspended on the fire, after drone incursion.  A reminder wildfires are a no drone zone. If you fly, we can’t. Every time a drone is spotted near the fire all aircraft are grounded until we can be sure the drone is clear of this area. More info visit http://knowbeforeyoufly.org/.

Smoke/Air Quality: Communities to the north and northeast may be impacted by light 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 Restrictions: The Santa Fe National Forest is currently in Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in order to reduce human-caused fires and protect public safety.

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

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