Mariposa fire update 8/4/18

        Media Contact: Nick Smokovich PIO  575-937-0839

Mariposa and Local Fire Updates

 Mt. Taylor Ranger District

Grants, NM; August 4, 2018 – For Immediate Release:

  • Lightning storm on Sunday 7/29 ignited multiple small fire starts around the Mt. Taylor Ranger District.
  • 119 Multi-agency firefighters responded to these fires including NM State Forestry, NM-IWC Inmate Crews, Bernalillo, Sandoval and Valencia County, US Forest Service, BIA, BLM, Zuni and Ramah Crews, City of Santa Fe and City of Albuquerque.
  • The largest fire from one of the strikes is called the Mariposa fire, 894 acres.
  • It is 15% contained
  • There are no homes in the vicinity and firefighter have protected the Historic Guadalupe Ranger Cabin.

Firefighters have suppressed the south side of the fire on private land to the USFS boundary with direct handline construction and will continue to monitor for any hot spots near the line.

Some rain fell in the area the last two days but did not stop fire spread. The monsoon season gives fire managers alternatives with the moisture on the ground to support reducing the fuels in the Mt. Tayler and Zuni Mountain Landscape. The area the fire now is in, was analyzed for the potential benefits of having fire reintroduced. The landscape plan was created with local oversite of community leaders and partners from the surrounding area, called the Mt. Tayler / Zuni Mountain Landscape Team. The Mariposa would introduce fire on the landscape in a way that would benefit vegetation diversity and increase wildlife habitat for a variety of species.

Firefighters will corral the fire into certain areas utilizing control features like roads and ridgelines to stop the spread of fire. All management actions taken will be determined by firefighter safety, fire activity, weather, and continued progression of the fire.

The following web sites provide additional information on fire information.

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