Gurule Fire – June 20, 2019 Daily Update

Northern New Mexico Type 3 Incident Management Team

Jamie Long – Incident Commander

Gurule Fire – June 20, 2019 Daily Update

 Size: 9 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 crew, 1 Type 3 helicopter, 34 personnel

Current status: Weather and fuel conditions provide an opportunity 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. Based on current and forecasted weather conditions, which include drier and warmer temperatures Thursday through Sunday, fire managers plan to implement firing operations starting today. Firefighters will utilize helicopter aerial ignitions and ground ignitions to mimic a low intensity burn used to reduce fuels and cleanup the understory. The effect of this could be observed with increased smoke over the fire. For Friday, as conditions allow, crews will complete remaining ignitions between the fire’s edge and established containment lines and patrol and monitor established lines.

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, and El Rito, Tres Piedras and may continue to show for several days. Smoke may settle into lower elevations and in drainage areas during the evenings but should lift by mid-morning.

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 575-224-6338 to check out a HEPA filter.

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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