Firing Operations Near Completion 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 1917 acres     Fire behavior: Low to Moderate

Vegetation:  Ponderosa pine, mixed conifer

Resources: 112 total personnel

Taos, NM – Sept. 14, 2019 – Firefighters neared the completion of burning operations yesterday within the planned focus area.  The fire carried well in the mixed conifer stands on south and west facing slopes. However, on the north and east facing slopes the fuels were not as receptive to burning due to recent rains. Green pockets of unburned fuels remain and an attempt will be made to burn these areas today weather permitting.

Mop up will begin to reinforce existing control lines and remove hazard trees near roads, trails and the fire’s edge. Ongoing chipping operations will continue to remove unburned brush and reduce fuel loading.

Highway 518 is open.  Small openings in the forest created by fire might be seen while the driving the highway. These openings are important for wildlife.  They increase the diversity of habitat available and needed by many species.  Snow also accumulates in these openings and tends to melt off slowly.  This prolongs the availability of water for both streams and wildlife.

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/.

Area communities may continue to experience smoke in the early afternoon and evening dependent on wind direction. 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 https://nmfireinfo.com, https://inciweb.nwcg.com, www.fs.usda.gov/carson.

 

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