Cerro Fire Update 8/9/18

The lightning caused Cerro fire continues to burn on BLM managed lands southwest of Grants, N.M. The fire is currently 30 acres in size and being managed by local BLM and New Mexico State Forestry resources.

Firefighters continue with prep work adjacent to private property and along the Continental Divide Trail.  The BLM plans on using the Continental Divide Trail east of the fire’s current location as a control line for the fire.  Recreationists and hikers are asked to use Cibola County Road 42 as an alternate route until fire operations are completed.  Information on the Continental Divide Trail can be found online at the Continental Divide Trail Coalition website at https://continentaldividetrail.org/.

Fire managers are planning for long term operations while providing for the safety of firefighters and public.  Additional management actions will be further determined by fire activity, weather, and continued progression of the fire. The fire is burning in piñon and juniper woodlands and ponderosa pine forest.  No homes or structures are threated.

Smoke from the Cerro Fire is visible from State Highways 53 and 117 and from the communities of Grants, San Rafael, El Morro, and Ramah.  Smoke may impact surrounding communities but should be light and of short duration.  However, fire activity to the west has also drifted into central New Mexico, creating noticeable haze in the Grants area.

Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems are encouraged to take precautionary measures, especially 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.  Tools include assessing 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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