SFNF Monitoring Lightning-Caused Fire on Coyote Ranger District

SANTA FE, NM – Aug. 6, 2019 – Fire staff on the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are monitoring a single-tree fire caused by a lightning strike approximately 1 mile northwest of the Encino Lookout and a mile from private land. Although the Sillas Fire is currently only a quarter of an acre, it is putting up sporadic smoke as it smolders and creeps in steep terrain.

The Sillas Fire started on Aug. 4 in ponderosa pine and mixed conifer. 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 remote terrain with limited values at risk, fire crews are monitoring its behavior for now.

Smoke may be visible from Coyote. 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 Sillas Fire, please contact the Coyote Ranger District at 575-638-5526.

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