Mariposa fire Update 8.5.18

Grants, NM; August 5, 2018 – For Immediate Release:

  • Started by lightning on Sunday 7/29 on the Mt. Taylor Ranger District, Cibola National Forest.
  • 87 Multi-agency firefighters are on this incident, including NM State Forestry, NM-IWC Inmate Crews, Bernalillo, Sandoval and Valencia Counties, US Forest Service, BIA, BLM, Zuni, Ramah and Acoma Crews, Cities of Santa Fe, Carlsbad and Albuquerque.
  • The fire is currently estimated at 894 acres.
  • It is 15% contained
  • There are no homes in the vicinity and firefighter have protected the Historic Guadalupe Ranger Cabin.

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

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.


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