Conejos Fire Final Update – Aug. 10, 2019

SANTA FE, NM – Aug. 10, 2019 – Three days without moisture gave firefighters on the Conejos Fire the opportunity to complete firing operations yesterday. Crews will monitor the fire over the weekend.

The fire started on July 29 on 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. Fire managers saw an opportunity to manage this natural ignition to improve conditions on the ground and reduce the risk of future wildfire by getting rid of woody material and debris on the forest floor.

Unpredictable weather and precipitation over the area were sometimes a challenge, but crews successfully added low-intensity fire to the ground to complete the planned 800-acre perimeter.

Lingering smoke may be visible from US Highway 550, San Ysidro, Jemez Pueblo and Ponderosa.

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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