Cibola National Forest & National Grasslands – Roberts Fire Acreage Remains at 5,020 Acres, Revised Temporary Area Closure Order in Place

Magdalena, NM; July 26, 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 perimeter remains at 5,020 acres. There are approximately 61 personnel assigned.  Resources include three Wildland Fire Modules, one Type 6 Engine and one Type 3 Helicopter.

The fire continues to burn in Ponderosa Pine, mixed-conifer, grass, and brush in steep, terrain with limited access.  Fire behavior remains low in intensity with occasional creeping and backing down ridge lines.  Pre-determined management areas have been and will continue to 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.  Fire activity remains similar to yesterdays, along the fire perimeter.  A forecast for continued showers and thunderstorms could curtail fire behavior. Little growth is expected overnight. Fire operations will continue to monitor the fire perimeter.

A revised temporary Area Closure Order is in effect for public use. National Forest System lands, roads, trails, and campgrounds within the closure area are closed including, but not limited to: The Restricted Area falls within Township 8 South, Range 6 West and Township 8 South, Range 5 West. Springtime Campground is closed. Portions of trails in the Apache Kid Wilderness: Apache Kid, Shipment, and Indian Creek, Skeleton Ridge, and San Mateo trail are closed.   See Closure Map for reference at: and

Scattered showers and thunderstorms are forecast for Friday through Sunday for the northern and western mountains of New Mexico.  A warming trend will begin to develop over the weekend bringing near normal temperatures that will remain in effect through the middle of next week.

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 , Twitter:@Cibola_NF, and

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