Cibola National Forest, Blanco Fire Update July 3, 2018

Clayton, NM (7/3/2018): The Blanco Fire, located approximately 5.5 miles west of Roy New Mexico on the Kiowa National Grasslands is approximately 2,100 acres. Yesterday the fire area experienced significant rainfall and hail. We are estimating somewhere between ¼ to ½ inch of rain. This morning we transitioned the fire to T4 Incident Commander Matt Lamb at 06:00 hrs.

Yesterday’s 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. The containment as of yesterday increased to 90% with fire behavior characterized by smoldering and creeping. The Western and Southern flanks of the fire have had no smoke or fire activity in the last six days. Today’s operations will focus on mop-up operations on the Northeast corner where fire is established in a sub drainage south of Emplazado Canyon.

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 for 7/02/2018: Type 4 Incident Commander, 4 Engines, 1 Helicopter

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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