Carson National Forest Monitoring Gurule Fire

Date detected:  Friday, June 7

Cause:  Lightning

Location:  Carson NF, El Rito Ranger District, west of El Rito Canyon, T26N R6E Section 11

Size:  1-2 acres

Growth Potential:  low to moderate

Resources:  One Type 6 engine with 3 personnel

Vegetation:  Mixed conifer

On the afternoon of June 7 a fire was reported approximately 10 miles northwest of the community of El Rito. Firefighters located the fire on Saturday, June 8 and found a single tree burning from a lightning strike. Firefighters monitored the snag and on Sunday the fire had slowly moved through dead and down timber and grew to approximately 1 acre.

After taking into consideration the fire’s location, the fuels it is burning in and current and predicted weather, the Carson National Forest is considering managing this fire to achieve multiple resource benefits. The forest’s first priority is always firefighter and public safety. Allowing the fire to naturally thin the forest and take out the weaker, more diseased trees will improve forest health, range land, and wildlife habitat. Discussions are currently underway to determine the appropriate strategy to achieve multiple resource objectives.

Advisories:  If the fire increases in size, smoke may be visible from the El Rito area over the course of the week.  Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with heart or respiratory problems are encouraged to take precautionary measures. For information on air quality and protecting your health, please visit https://nmtracking.org/fire. For information on the HEPA filter loan program, go to https://facnm.org/smoke/ or contact Sam Berry with the Forest Stewards Guild at sam@forestguild.org.

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