SFNF – Venado Fire Update

Southwest Area Incident Management Team 4 assumes command of the Venado Fire 

July 25, 2018 Daily Update

Acres:  2,577 Start Date: July 20, 2018
Cause: Lightning Location: Jemez Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest
Containment: 0% Fuels: Ponderosa pine
Total personnel: 318

General Information: The Santa Fe National Forest brought in Steve Millert’s Type 2 Southwest Area Incident Management Team 4 (Team 4) to assume command of the Venado Fire at 7:00 A.M. on Wednesday, July 25. Team 4 will carry forward the incident strategies and objectives developed by the local Type 3 organization. As the team transitions management of the Venado Fire, contact information will remain unchanged.

The Southwest Area Incident Management Team 4 will host a community meeting for the Venado Fire at 6:00 P.M. on Thursday, July 26, 2018, at the Jemez Springs Public Library, located at 30 Village Plaza, Jemez Springs, NM 87025. The meeting will be livestreamed on the Santa Fe National Forest Facebook page for those unable to attend in-person: https://www.facebook.com/santafeNF/.

Fire Operations:  Today, the majority of firefighting resources are focused on the northern portion of the fire to keep the fire south of Forest Road (FR) 534 and west of FR 376. Scouting efforts will continue on the northern and southern sides of the fire to determine safe access routes and inform future fire suppression strategies. Very rugged country creates difficulties for firefighters to directly fight the fire in certain areas. The South end of the fire is most accessible due to the 2017 Peggy Fire burn scar area.  Fire activity lessened on the eastern side along FR 376 as crews continue road prep to limit fire spread.

Fire Weather: Active weather is anticipated through the coming weekend. Showers and thunderstorms are expected each afternoon and evening. Rain will be heavy at times with a threat of flash flooding. Storms are generally moving southeast 10 to 20 miles per hour. Gusty and erratic winds are expected in and near thunderstorms. Today’s forecast includes a 20% chance of wetting rain for the fire area.

Closures: Road closures are currently in effect, including FR 376. In support of safe fire operations, Forest Service and Sandoval County personnel have cleared the area of campers. A formal closure order for the Venado Fire area is expected soon.

Smoke Situation:  Because of the location and elevation, smoke from the Venado Fire will be visible from all directions coming into the Jemez Mountains area. Smoke is expected to linger in neighboring communities including San Ysidro, NM 550, Gilman, Jemez Pueblo and areas near NM State Route 4. Smoke may be visible from I-25, Jemez Springs, Santa Fe and Bernalillo.

Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory or heart disease should be prepared to exercise precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health using the 5-3-1 visibility method can be found at the New Mexico Department of Health’s website https://nmtracking.org/fire or by calling 1-888-878-8992. For information on the HEPA filter loan program: https://www.santafefireshed.org/hepa-filter-loan-program/.

Fire Information Links: Fire information can be found at nmfireinfo.com and https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5996/.

For information on the Santa Fe National Forest, please visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/santafe.

Fire Information:  575-459-0908 Office Hours: 8:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M.
InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5996/ Facebook: www.facebook.com/SantaFeNF/
Twitter: @SantaFeNF Email: venadofireinfo2018@gmail.com

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