Cibola National Forest & Grasslands Blanco Fire Update

Clayton, NM (6/29/2018): The Blanco Fire, located approximately 5.5 miles west of Roy New Mexico on the Kiowa National Grasslands is approximately 2,100 acres. Fire activity has been minimal but has showed some isolated and group torching during the heat of the day yesterday. During yesterday’s shift the smoke was barely visible from the community of Roy.

Yesterday, firefighting resources, which included four engine crews and a helicopter, managed the fires growth utilizing natural rock and cliff bands to keep the fire off of productive range land. The fire is currently boxed in north of Blanco Canyon, south of Emplazado Canyon, and east of the Canadian River. Today’s operations will focus on completing fire line on the east flank of the fire.

Due to the remote location and rough terrain firefighters are implementing tactics that yield a high probability of success and meet land management objectives while allowing for the safety of firefighters. Additional management actions will be further determined by fire activity, weather, and the progression of the fire.

Jurisdiction: Kiowa & Rita Blanca Ranger District, Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands

Date Detected: June 22, 2018

Location: Blanco Canyon

Lat/Long: 35 56 48.0, -104 17 51.7

Firefighting Resources: Type 4 Incident Commander, 2 Engines

Values at Risk: None

Fuel Type: Grass with Pinon-Juniper, Juniper, and Oak Brush

Size: Approximately 2,100 acres

Cause: Lightning

Regarding smoke, in the event of a prescribed fire or wildfire: If visibility becomes lower because of smoke, please visit the NM Department of Health’s smoke page:

Fire Management Officer: Ich Stewart, 806-268-4249,

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