Lightning-Caused Amole Fire to Aid in Forest Restoration

Date detected: September 2        Cause:  Lightning

Location:  Carson NF, Camino Real RD, between the Amole Group Shelter and FR 442

Size:  approximately 7 acres

Fire behavior:  creeping

Vegetation:  ponderosa pine, mixed conifer

Resources: 2 crews, 2 engines, 1 wildland fire module

Taos, NM – Sept. 4, 2019 – The Carson National Forest is planning to allow the lightning-caused Amole Fire on the Camino Real Ranger District to continue growing within a defined area in order to fulfill its natural role of reducing dense forest fuels and improving overall ecosystem health. The fire is burning in an area that has a significant amount of thick, dense timber. Allowing the fire to naturally burn through this area will remove fuels that could feed future severe wildfires and potentially threaten Highway 518 and high voltage transmission lines.

Today, crews are making good progress on securing the high voltage powerlines that service the Taos and Peñasco area. Crews are also prepping control lines to protect values at risk if burnout operations are needed. The fire is currently burning slowly along the forest floor with up to 2 foot flame lengths. There is occasional single tree torching.

As the fire continues to grow, smoke is likely to become more visible over the coming days as the fire spreads within the defined planning area. Smoke and flames will be visible from Highway 518. Smoke may also be visible from Peñasco and the Taos area. Smoke may impact Highway 518, Peñasco and possibly drift into Taos, especially in the evenings. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with heart or respiratory problems are encouraged to take precautionary measures. For information on air quality and protecting your health, please visit https://nmtracking.org/fire. For information on the HEPA filter loan program, go to https://facnm.org/smoke#smokeanchor5.

For more information, please contact the Camino Real Ranger District at 575-587-2255.

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