Naranjo Fire Update, July 10

Start date: July 1, 2019

Cause: Lightning

Size: 732 acres; the fire increased by 668 acres from yesterday due to the firefighters firing operations yesterday within the containment lines.

Location: Cuba Ranger District on the Santa Fe National Forest approximately 2 miles southeast of Regina, NM, off of NM State Highway 96

Containment: 0%

Fuel: Ponderosa pine

Weather: A warming trend will continue through at least Wednesday with an increasingly hot, dry and unstable atmosphere, although with light winds. Temperatures will be between 83-88 degrees, with southwest winds around 5 mph shifting to the west in the afternoon. Humidity is 6-10%.

Resources on scene: Type 3 organization, 111 personnel, one type 1 crew, two type 2IA crews, one Type 3 engine, two dozers, one type 3 helicopter, four UTVs and two ATVs

Closure: A forest closure has been implemented for the Naranjo Fire Area.

Situation: Today, firefighters will continue with using firing operations within the containment lines. Fire behavior will increase due to drier conditions with flame lengths reaching 100 feet.

Smoke will be visible from US Highway 550, NM Highway 96, Cuba, Regina, La Jara, Santa Fe and Albuquerque.

The Naranjo Fire is being managed for multiple resource benefits, such as: improve forest health, reduce fuel loadings and improve wildlife habitat for elk and deer.

Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health by using the 5-3-1 visibility method can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) website at https://nmtracking.org/fire. People with health concerns can also call NMDOH at 505-827-0006 for additional information.  For information on the HEPA filter loan program, go to https://facnm.org/smoke#smokeanchor5.

Fire updates are posted on the New Mexico Fire Information website at www.nmfireinfo.com, www.facebook.com/SantaFeNF and Twitter @SantafeNF.  For additional information about the prescribed burn, please contact the Cuba Ranger District at 575-289-3264.

 

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