Mariposa Fire update 8/2/18

Grants, NM; August 2, 2018 – For Immediate Release –Lighting from a storm on Sunday 7/29 started multiple wildfire’s around the Mt. Taylor Ranger District.  One lighting strike hit between Guadalupe Spring and Mariposa Water Tank, it is in a remote location and with fire weather conditions experienced Monday the Mariposa wildfire quickly became too large for the available firefighter on scene. A Type 3 Incident Management Team from southeastern New Mexico’s Pecos Zone was requested to assist in the management of this incident, Ryan Whiteaker will be the Incident Commander.

The Mariposa fire is currently estimated to be 840 acres and burning in Piñon, Juniper and Ponderosa Pine woodlands. Firefighter have been suppressing the southern portion of the fire that burned onto private land in order to establish an anchor point. For the remainder of the fire within the National Forest Administered Lands firefighters will be implementing tactics that will yield a high probability of success and meet land management objectives while allowing for the safety of firefighters and public. Additional management actions will be further determined by fire activity, weather, and continued progression of the fire.

Smoke from the Mariposa should not impact surrounding communities, but haze has been detected coming from fires to the west.

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