Gurule Fire – June 19, 2019 Daily Update

Size: 5 acres

Date detected: Friday, June 7

Cause: Lightning

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

Growth Potential: low to moderate

Vegetation: Mixed conifer

Resources: 2 engines, 1 Type 3 helicopter, 2 patrols, 30 personnel

Current status: The fire is being managed under a modified suppression strategy for benefit of resource objectives. Fire managers plan to take advantage of weather and fuel conditions to assist nature by directing the fire in a manner which will reduce fuel, improve rangelands, wildlife habitat and forest health, and protect watershed and cultural resources. The forest’s first priority is always firefighter and public safety.

Dozers reopened old roads and firefighters cleared brush creating containment lines in preparation for firing operations. Based on current and forecasted weather, which include drier and warmer temperatures Thursday through Sunday, fire managers plan to implement firing operations starting tomorrow, weather permitting.

Advisories: As fire increases in size and firing operations commence, smoke may be visible from the communities of Abiquiu, Canjilon, Cañon Plaza, Vallecitos, La Madera, El Rito, and Tres Piedras which may continue to show for several days. 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

For information on the *HEPA filter loan program, go to or contact Sam Berry with the Forest Stewards Guild at *HEPA is an acronym for “High Efficiency Particulate Air” or “High Efficiency Particulate Arrestance” … The minimum HEPA category requires the filter to capture 99.97% of the 0.3-micron (0.000012-inch) particles in the air passing through the filter. It significantly reduces particulate matter in smoke.

A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place over the fire. Unauthorized use of unmanned aircraft (also known as “drones”) in a fire area endangers the lives of pilots and firefighters and is strictly forbidden. Never fly unmanned aircraft over or near a wildfire whether there is a TFR (Temporary

Flight Restriction) in effect or not. Visit and Know Before You Go for more information on drones and wildfires.

Public Line: (575) 224-6338 (8 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

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Picture taken Wednesday, June 19 at morning briefing.

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