Cibola National Forest & National Grasslands – Roberts Fire Increase in Acreage on the Magdalena Ranger District

Magdalena, NM; July 16, 2019 – For Immediate Release. The Roberts Fire, in the Apache Kid Wilderness in the San Mateo Mountains, located on the Magdalena Ranger District, is a lightning caused fire that began July 13, 2019. The fire has grew in size to an estimated 600 acres with approximately 151 personnel assigned. Resources include two Wildland Fire Modules, three Type I Hot Shot crews, four Type 6 Engines, three assigned dozers and one Type 3 Helicopter.

The fire is currently burning in Ponderosa Pine, mixed-conifer, grass, and brush in steep, terrain with limited access. Fire behavior is of moderate intensity with occasional isolated torching, uphill runs and backing down ridge lines. Pre-determined management areas will be identified as the fire continues to burn, so that it can be kept within established boundaries.

In order to reduce firefighter exposure, fire managers are utilizing a values-driven strategy which incorporates a mix of tactics when and where the probability of success is high and the risk is acceptable in relationship to values while meeting land management objectives. Additional management actions will be further determined by fire activity, weather, and the progression of the fire, with the objective of returning fire back into the ecosystem.

Road and trail use is not advised in the area due to fire traffic and the proximity of the fire. The weather forecast calls afternoon and evening thunderstorm, with the possibility for gusty winds developing around thunderstorms. Smoke will be visible from New Mexico 52, New Mexico 107, and U.S. Highway 60 west of Magdalena, NM and I-25 south of Socorro, NM as fire behavior increases. The fire size is likely to increase in these conditions throughout the week with district closures likely to be implemented on Forest Roads and trails.

For more information about the Roberts Fire, please contact the Magdalena Ranger District during regular business hours at 575-854-2281. You may also visit the New Mexico Fire Information website at https://nmfireinfo.com , Twitter:@Cibola_NF, and http://www.facebook.com/cibolan

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