Firing Operations Continue on the Amole Fire

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

Date detected: September 2         Cause:  Lightning

Size:  approximately 115 acres      Fire behavior:  creeping

Vegetation:  ponderosa pine, mixed conifer

Resources: 80 total personnel

Taos, NM – Sept. 8, 2019 – Carson National Forest fire managers continued firing operations yesterday along the northern perimeter of the Amole Fire near Forest Road 442. Fire crews successfully ignited 30 acres along firelines yesterday in preparation for helicopter burning operations later in the week. The total area treated to date is 115 acres. Today fire crews will continue prepping fireline along the northeast perimeter of the fire.  Firing operations and fireline construction will continue today within the focus area if conditions allow.

The Carson National Forest is managing the lightning-caused Amole Fire on the Camino Real Ranger District within a 2,123 acre focus area. Managing this naturally caused fire will restore the landscape to its natural state and create a more fire-resilient landscape.

Smoke will become more visible in the next few days as firing operations increase. Smoke will be visible from the Peñasco and Taos areas.  Smoke is likely to impact visibility on highway 518.

Smoke may settle in low lying areas during the evening and morning hours. Smoke-sensitive. individuals and people with heart or respiratory problems are encouraged to take precautionary measures. For information on air quality and your health, please  visit https://nmtracking.org/fire. For information on the HEPA filter loan program, go to https://facnm.org/smoke#smokeanchor5.

In the interests of firefighter and public safety, the public is asked not to use trails located near the Amole Fire.  All other trails on the forest are available for recreational use.

Highway 518 is open. Drivers should use caution due to increased fire traffic and firefighters working along the roadway. Members of the public are welcome to call the Camino Real Ranger District for additional information at 575-587-2255, or visit the office at 15160 State Rd. 75 in Peñasco (Monday through Friday).

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