Cibola National Forest & National Grasslands – Final Roberts Fire Update, Acreage Remains at 5,020 Acres

Magdalena, NM; July 29, 2019 – For Immediate Release.  The Roberts Fire, in the Apache Kid Wilderness in the San Mateo Mountains, located on the Magdalena Ranger District, remains at 5,020 acres.  The lightning –caused fire stated on July 13, 2019.  There are approximately 35 personnel assigned.  Resources include one Wildland Fire Modules, and one Type 6 Engine.

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 utilized 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.  An Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) -Type 1 fix-wing drone named Latitude FVR90 has been flying the Roberts Fire to monitor and map the fire perimeter.  A forecast for continued showers and thunderstorms could curtail fire behavior. 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:  https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6441/ and http://www.facebook.com/cibolanf.

The monsoonal flow of wetting precipitation will remain throughout the week.  Scattered showers and thunderstorms are forecast, with a warming trend developing over the weekend bringing near normal temperatures that will remain in effect through the middle of next week. Smoke from the Roberts Fire is minimal when driving New Mexico 52, New Mexico 107, and I-25 south of Socorro, NM.  When driving on Forest Roads during approaching storms, please drive carefully, reduce speed, drive with your lights on, and “turn around don’t drown” at water crossings.  Also, when hiking trails, stay away from ridge tops and seek lower elevations until thunderstorms pass.

This will be the final update for 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 , https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6441/ Twitter:@Cibola_NF, and http://www.facebook.com/cibolanf

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