Smoke Expected to Increase on Amole Fire

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

Date detected: September 2        Cause:  Lightning

Size:  approximately 120 acres     Fire behavior:  creeping

Vegetation:  ponderosa pine, mixed conifer

Resources: 119 total personnel

Taos, NM – Sept. 9, 2019 – Yesterday, fire crews focused on preparing firelines for today’s planned helicopter aerial ignitions. Hand ignitions will be ongoing through the morning and aerial ignitions will begin in the afternoon. Winds are predicted to blow from the southwest and push smoke off Highway 518. Smoke will increase in the area as additional acres are burned with this low intensity fire.

Flying a drone near a wildfire is hazardous to air operations and is not permitted in the vicinity of the Amole fire. When you fly, we can’t.

Highway 518 is open.  Hand ignitions are planned to commence during the morning hours along the eastern side of Highway 518.  Motorists traveling Highway 518 between the U.S Hill scenic overlook and the intersection of Highway 518 and Highway 75 (the Rock Wall) could be impacted by smoke from these firing operations. Drivers should use caution due to increased fire traffic and firefighters working along the roadway.

It is anticipated that an area closure will be implemented for the Amole fire later today. The closure area will be south of Forest Road 442. Forest Road 442 will be open to visitors who will be escorted through the fire area. The Amole Canyon Trail 10 and all trails associated with it will be closed. All other trails on the forest are available for recreational use.

Smoke will become more visible for the next few days as firing operations increase. 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, or contact the Carson National Forest Supervisor’s Office at 575-758-6200.

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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