Lobo Fire UPDATE- July 19, 2018

Acres: Approximately 7 acres

Percent Containment: 0%

Start Date: July 13, 2018

Cause: Lightning

Jurisdiction: Carson National Forest, Questa Ranger District

Fuels: Aspen, high altitude mixed conifer, and sub-alpine fir

Origin Location: 2 miles east of San Cristobal in the Columbine Hondo Wilderness

Situation: Fire managers continue to monitor the fire by aircraft due to the steep and rocky terrain, precipitation and lightning, and no threats to values at risk or surrounding communities.

The safety of our firefighters is our highest priority and putting firefighters near this fire could compromise their safety.  There are no adequate escape routes or safety zones in the area of the fire that would allow for firefighters to safety retreat from the fire if needed.

Monsoonal moisture is expected to continue in the area so growth potential is expected to be minimal with creeping and backing fire behavior.  This type of fire activity is expected with occasional single tree torching.  If conditions change to where fire behavior is becoming extreme and is becoming much more active, fire managers will take suppression actions that are appropriate with the fire intensity.

Smoke impact to local communities at this time is low, however, smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory or heart disease should be prepared to exercise precautionary measures.  Smoke may be visible from Highway 522, Highway 64, Questa, San Cristobal, Lama, and surrounding communities.  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 updates are posted on the New Mexico Fire Information website at nmfireinfo.com, http://www.twitter/CarsonNF, http://www.facebook.com/CarsonNF, or contact the Public Affairs Office at (575) 758 6286.


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