UPDATE: Chicoma Fire 100 percent contained

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

UPDATE: Chicoma Fire 100 percent contained

Start Date: April 30, 2018

Cause: Unknown

Size: 42 acres

Percent Containment: 100%

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:  The fire received light precipitation yesterday.  West winds across the area today at 5 to 8 mph. Slight chance of rain showers in the morning, then chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon.

Situation:  Two engines will stay on scene today to finish mop-up operations.  This is the final update on the Chicoma Fire unless conditions change.

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: Smoke is very minimal and may not be visible.  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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Firefighter, Jeff Lucero, from the Española Ranger District extinguishes a hot spot on the Chicoma Fire April 2.  Photo by Anna Bouchonville.

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