Alamitos Fire Remains in Monitor Status

SANTA FE, NM – Aug. 8, 2019 – Significant rain on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) – and forecasts for more to come overnight and into tomorrow – have dampened fire managers’ plan to strategically add low-intensity fire to the lightning-caused Alamitos Fire to benefit the landscape.

The Alamitos Fire started on Monday near Forest Road 375 2 miles north of the community of La Cueva and initially presented an opportunity for crews to do maintenance work within a previously treated fuel break. But thanks to monsoonal weather patterns, fuel and soil moistures are too high to effectively manage the Alamitos Fire for resource objectives, which include community protection, reduced risk of wildfire and improved forest health.

Crews will continue to monitor the Alamitos Fire, which is smoldering in ponderosa pine and oak brush.

Smoke from the Alamitos Fire may impact the communities of La Cueva and Pecos and may be visible from I-25 and NM State Highway 223.

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 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

Fire updates are posted on the New Mexico Fire Information website at, and Twitter @SantafeNF. For additional information about the Alamitos Fire, please contact the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District at 505-757-6121.

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