San Gregorio Fire Update July 13, 2020

Public should continue to avoid San Gregorio Trailhead, San Gregorio Reservoir

Start date: July 11, 2020

Cause: Under investigation

Size: Approximately 7.8 acres

Location: Cuba Ranger District on the Santa Fe National Forest, approximately 1 mile from the San Gregorio Trailhead parking lot on Forest Road 70 and approximately 9 miles from Cuba, NM.

Containment: 50%

Fuels: Heavy fuels with a high concentration of dead and down timber and mixed conifer. Slopes range from level forest floor to steep, rocky terrain.

Weather: Slightly lower temperatures and higher humidity in the area will assist firefighters, although afternoon showers and thunderstorms could bring wind gusts later today. There is a 10-30% chance of precipitation today with a high of 80° and humidity in the 20-25% range. West to northwest winds will be 8-15 mph. Although Tuesday will be drier, the possibility of monsoon moisture continues to increase through next week, and temperatures are expected to trend lower.

Resources on scene: 29 personnel on the ground, including one Type 3 engine and two hand crews.

Values at risk: San Pedro Parks Wilderness in the vicinity of San Gregorio Reservoir.

Strategy: The strategy for the San Gregorio Fire is full suppression. Fire activity has moderated significantly within the 7.8-acre footprint. Again today, firefighters’ biggest concern is that erratic wind gusts associated with predicted thunderstorms could cause the fire to spot outside the perimeter of the main fire and spread rapidly across difficult terrain.

Safety: Members of the public should stay away from the San Gregorio Trailhead and parking lot and avoid all trails within a mile of San Gregorio Reservoir so they do not interfere with fire operations. Drones pose a serious risk to firefighting and can cause air operations to cease. The public is reminded that “If you fly, we can’t!”

Smoke is likely to be visible across the southern end of the Cuba Ranger District. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) website at https://nmtracking.org/fire.

Fire updates will be posted on the New Mexico Fire Information website and on the Santa Fe National Forest Facebook page and Twitter @SantafeNF.

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