Naranjo Fire Update, July 11, 2019

Start date: July 1, 2019

Cause: Lightning

Size: 1,009 acres; the fire increased by 270 acres as a result of yesterday’s firing operations 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: 20%

Fuel: Ponderosa pine

Weather: Partly cloudy with isolated showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Temperatures will be between 86-90 degrees, with southeast winds 5-10 mph shifting to the southwest in the afternoon. Humidity is 14-18%.

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:  The fire is 20% contained on the southeastern side. Yesterday’s firing operations were successful, and firing operations are now complete. Today, crews will monitor the fire within the containment lines. Fire resources will start to be released from the incident.

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

The Naranjo Fire is being managed for multiple resource benefits, including improved forest health, reduced fuel loadings and improved 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 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

Fire updates are posted on the New Mexico Fire Information website at, and Twitter @SantafeNF.  For additional information about the Naranjo Fire, please contact the Cuba Ranger District at 575-289-3264.

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