Conejos Fire Update – Aug. 9, 2019

SANTA FE, NM – Aug. 9, 2019 – Favorable conditions on Thursday gave fire crews the opportunity to complete an additional 150 acres of firing operations. Today and though the weekend, as weather conditions allow, fire crews will continue to look for opportunities to burn heavy concentrations of dead and down fuels within the planned 800-acre Conejos Fire perimeter.

Start date: July 29, 2019

Cause: Lightning

Location: Conejos Peak on the Jemez Ranger District adjacent to Forest Road 266 about 4 miles northeast of the Paliza Campground and 5 miles from the community of Ponderosa

Size: 500 acres

Fuels: Primarily ponderosa pine

Resources on scene: Type 4 Incident Commander, district fire personnel, Santa Fe County Fire Department’s Black Canyon hand crew

Current status: Crews will monitor the Conejos Fire and continue firing operations as monsoonal weather patterns allow through the weekend

Weather: 40% chance of precipitation with winds out of the southeast at 10-15 mph and temperatures in the 80s

Predicted smoke impact: Smoke is visible from US Highway 550, San Ysidro, Jemez Pueblo and Ponderosa

The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) can take advantage of natural ignitions like the Conejos Fire to improve conditions on the ground by getting rid of woody material and debris on the forest floor. Fire managers plan to complete the Conejos Fire’s 800-acre perimeter, achieving resource benefits by strategically reintroducing fire to a fire-adapted forest ecosystem. Firefighter and public safety is always the first priority on all wildland fire incidents.

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 Conejos Fire, please contact the Jemez Ranger District at 575-829-3535.

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