San Antonio Fire Command to be Transferred Back to Valles Caldera National Preserve

The combination of infrared flights and firefighters walking around the majority of the fire’s perimeter using handheld GPS devices determined the San Antonio Fire’s acreage was much less than originally estimated.

The ABQ Zone Incident Management Team will transition command back to Valles Caldera National Preserve Type 4 organization tomorrow morning. As fire activity has drastically decreased, more crews are expected to demobilize.

After a fire, the first priority is emergency stabilization in order to prevent further damage to life, property or natural resources. The stabilization work begins immediately and may continue for up to a year. The longer-term rehabilitation effort to repair damage caused by the fire begins after the fire is out and continues for several years. Rehabilitation focuses on the lands unlikely to recover naturally from wildland fire damage.

Restrictions: The Valle Grande entrance station and bookstore will remain open to the public, and ranger-led tours and hikes will be offered in the park’s cabin district. All other access and activities have been suspended. NM State Route 4 is open to traffic.

Closures:  A temporary flight restriction has been ordered, is in effect over the fire area, and remains in place until further notice. This restriction includes drones or unmanned aerial vehicles. Please remember that “If you fly, we can’t!” The public is reminded that Valles Caldera National Preserve and Santa Fe National Forest is still under Stage 3 Closure due to extreme fire danger, no public access is allowed.

This will be the last news update for the San Antonio Fire.  For further information please contact Kimberly DeVall at (505) 412-0826 between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday or by email; Kimberly_devall@nps.gov.

San antonio Fire Statistics
Start Date: June 14, 2018, at 11:30 AM
Size: 416 acres
Location: Northwest area of Valles Caldera National Preserve
Cause: Lightning
Containment: 60%
NM Fire Info webpage:  nmfireinfo.com
Inciweb: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5845
Facebook: www.facebook.com/VallesCaldera/
Twitter: twitter.com/VallesCaldera

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