Amole Fire Final Update

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. 15, 2019 – The Amole Fire was caused by lightning. Early in the fire, the decision was made to manage the fire for resource benefit rather than implement a full suppression strategy. An area of approximately 1917 acres was delineated. Low-intensity fire was introduced on the ground by firefighters to reduce fuel loading in the understory and improve forest health. Healthy, fire-resilient forests are less prone to large devastating wildfires, protect watersheds, promote wildlife habitat and help fight invasive species.

Firefighters may continue firing operations on unburned pockets of green fuels and will continue mop up operations to reinforce existing control lines and hazard tree removal to provide for public and firefighter safety. The fire will be patrolled to monitor hot spots and focus on rehabilitation and suppression repair. Interior pockets of fuels may continue to smolder and produce smoke until a season ending rain or snow event occurs.

Temporary road and trail closures will remain in effect.  A temporary area closure is in effect (#02-469) in the area surrounding the Amole Fire to provide for firefighter and public safety. The closure order and map are available online at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6589/. This closure may be lifted in the near future. As a precaution the Carson National Forest asks that all visitors remain cautious in the burn area as there may be fire weakened trees and other hazards.

Area communities may continue to experience smoke in the early afternoon and evening dependent on wind direction. 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.

This will be the final update for the Amole Fire. On Tuesday evening, September 17, the Amole Fire Type 3 Incident Management Team will transition to a Type 4 incident management organization. Firefighters and staff thank the community for their support during these firefighting efforts. 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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