SFNF Monitoring Lightning-Caused Fire on Jemez Ranger District

SANTA FE, NM – July 26, 2019 – Fire staff on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are monitoring a lightning-caused fire on the east side of Venado Mesa west of Forest Road (FR) 376. Although the fire is currently only half an acre, it is putting up smoke as it smolders and creeps in steep, rocky terrain.

The Venado Mesa Fire is burning in oak brush, mixed conifer and pinon/juniper. Today’s weather forecast calls for partly cloudy conditions with scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Firefighter and public safety is always the first priority on all fire incidents. Since the fire is located in hazardous, hard-to-reach terrain, fire crews are monitoring its behavior for now.

Smoke will be visible from FR 376 and Jemez Pueblo. 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 Venado Mesa Fire, please contact the Jemez Ranger District at 575-829-3535.

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