North Peak Fire Update Sandia Ranger District Cibola NF

U.S. Forest Service

Cibola National Forest and

National Grasslands

News Update

11776 Highway 337

Tijeras, NM 87059

Media Contact: Karen Takai





Twitter: @Cibola_NF

NM Fire Info :

Tijeras, NM, May 22, 2018 – The North Peak Fire was detected last night at around 9:00pm. It is estimated to be less than ¼ of an acre but continues to smolder in the forest area. The fire is located on the north portion of the Sandia Mountain Range between the Piedra Lisa and Osha loop trail and appears to be started by lightning.

Due to helicopter activity FR 455 Loop Rd will be temporarily closed to enable the Type 3 helicopter to load water buckets for suppressing the fire. A helicopter reconnaissance flight is scheduled for this afternoon monitoring the fire and surrounding area of the Sandia Mountains.

Yesterday’s rain did cover the district but not enough to sufficiently lower fire potential. We do expect drying warmer trend for the next week and are asking our communities to not become complacent.


The Sandia Ranger District is in Stage II Restrictions

  • No Campfires, charcoal, coal, wood stove
  • No Smoking except in vehicle or developed recreation Site or in an area at least three feet in diameter that is cleared of all flammable material
  • No Fireworks Ever In Your National Forests
  • No Discharging of firearm, air rifle or gas gun
  • No Operating Chainsaw or combustion engine form 10:00am to 06:00pm
  • No Welding or operating an acetylene torch with open flame
  • No Operating internal or external combustion engine without a spark arresting device
  • Possessing or using a motor vehicle off National Forest System roads except parking in area devoid of vegetation within 10 feet of the roadway


For more information about the North Peak Fire, please call the Sandia Ranger District at


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