Firing Operations Successful 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 335 acres                                  Fire behavior:  low to moderate

Vegetation:  ponderosa pine, mixed conifer Resources: 137 total personnel

Taos, NM – Sept. 10, 2019 –Low intensity firing operations continued yesterday on the eastern side of Highway 518 increasing the fire size to 335 acres. Hand and aerial ignitions successfully consumed hazardous fuels to improve forest health. Fire effects will also create a new flush of browse for wildlife in the mountain mahogany and oak component. Firing operations will incrementally continue within the predetermined 2,123 acre focus area to secure the Taos to Peñasco powerline and Hwy 518 corridor.

Hand and aerial ignitions (weather permitting) are planned to continue today south and southwest of yesterday’s burn area, east of Highway 518. Additional fireline will be constructed on the southeast side of the fire. Winds are predicted once again from the southwest to the northeast. Highway 518 is open.  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. Drivers should use caution due to increased fire traffic and firefighters working along the roadway. Flying a drone near a wildfire is hazardous to air operations and is not permitted in the vicinity of the Amole fire.

A temporary area closure is in effect (#02-469) in the area surrounding the Amole fire to provide for firefighter and public safety. The Amole Canyon and Tio Maes trail systems are within the closure area and use of these trails is not allowed. All other forest trails are available for recreation. The closure order and map are available online at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6589/.

Smoke will become more visible for the next few days and may impact Taos Canyon and the communities of Valle Escondido, Angel Fire, Rio Lucio and Dixon. 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.

For more information visit or call the Camino Real Ranger District at 575-587-2255 or go to nmfireinfo.com, inciweb.nwcg.com, www.fs.usda.gov/carson.

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