Ojo de los Casos Fire will Transition to Type 4 Incident Tomorrow

Mountainair, NM – For Immediate Release – Moderate winds tested the fire once again yesterday. It remains at 180 acres, and containment has increased to 59%. Today, the Albuquerque Zone Type 3 Incident Management Team will prepare to transition command of the Ojo de los Casos Fire back to the jurisdictional agencies, which include the Cibola National Forest and New Mexico State Forestry. The fire will be managed by a local Type 4 interagency organization. Throughout the week, firefighters will continue to hold containment lines, monitor the fire, and mop up as necessary.

Weather: Today will be partly cloudy with a 20% chance of precipitation in the afternoon. Temperatures over the fire area will reach ~90°F. Erratic and gusty winds are expected with west winds reaching 6 mph, increasing to 8-12 in the afternoon. Minimum humidity will be in the mid to upper teens.

Safety: Safety of the public and firefighters is always the top priority in wildland fire operations. Ojo de Los Casos Fire operations include best management practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within firefighter crews/operations and within the general public.

Drones: The public is reminded to avoid the use of unmanned aerial systems (drones) near wildfires. When drones are illegally flown over a fire, air operations can be suspended, and crews lose a valuable resource, which can adversely affect the safety and efficiency of the overall firefighting effort. For more information on drones, see https://www.fs.usda.gov/managing-land/fire/uas/if-you-fly, and Know Before You Fly!

Closures: A 5-mile temporary flight restriction is in place over the fire for the safety of aviation and ground resources. The fire area will be temporarily closed to fuelwood harvest for firefighter and public safety.

*This is the last Ojo de los Casos Fire news release that will be distributed by the Albuquerque Zone Type 3 Incident Management Team. For further fire information, contact the Mountainair Ranger District using the phone/email listed below.

Ojo de los Casos Fire Information: 505-369-6521, 2020.ojodeloscasos@firenet.gov

Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6837/

New Mexico Fire Information: www.nmfireinfo.com

Facebook: Cibola National Forest & National Grasslands (@cibolanf)

Twitter: Cibola NF&Grasslands (@Cibola_NF) and New Mexico State Forestry (@NMStateForestry)

Location: Manzano Mountains

Date Reported: 7/8/2020

Cause: Human

Size: 180 acres

Percent Contained: 59%

Fuel: Ponderosa pine, Slash

Resources assigned: 1 Type 3 Incident Management Team, 3 Interagency Hotshot Crews, 6 Engines, 1 Type 3 Helicopter, 1 Medical Screening Team, 1 Medical Decontamination Team, 1 Wildland Fire Module, and 2 Rapid Extraction Module.


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