Mariposa fire update 8/3/18

Mariposa Fire Update on Mt. Taylor Ranger District

Grants, NM; August 3, 2018 – For Immediate Release –Lighting from a storm on Sunday 7/29 started multiple wildfire’s around the Mt. Taylor Ranger District, Mariposa is the largest of these. The Pecos Zone Type 3 Incident Management Team from southeast New Mexico’s is assisting in the management of this incident, Ryan Whiteaker is Incident Commander.

The Mariposa fire is currently 850 acres and burning in Piñon, Juniper and Ponderosa Pine woodlands, there are no homes or structures threated. Firefighter have been suppressing the southern portion of the fire that burned onto private land in order to establish an anchor point. Yesterday firefighter held the southeast flank along road 194. 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 as it has not grown substantially in the last 24 hours. However, fire activity to the west of New Mexico has drifted in creating a noticeable haze in the Grants area. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems are encouraged to take precautionary measures if they feel any effects. Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health website at https://nmtracking.org/environment/air/FireAndSmoke.html

You can assess your local air quality with the 5,3,1 method.  If you can see less than 5 miles, the air quality is unhealthy for young children, adults over age 65, pregnant women, and people with heart and/or lung disease, asthma or other respiratory illness; they should minimize outdoor activity.

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