Ojo de los Casos Fire Receives More Rain – Final Update

Location: Manzano Mountains Cause: Human Percent Contained: 100%
Date Reported: 7/8/2020 Size: 180 acres Fuel: Ponderosa pine, Slash

  July 17, 2020 Update  

Mountainair, NM – For Immediate Release – Steady rains fell over the Ojo de los Casos fire yesterday evening and night.  The fire, which has been burning in the Manzano Mountains since July 8th has now been declared 100% contained with the size remaining at 180 acres.  Firefighters worked quickly yesterday morning to remove all plumbing and equipment off the fire before the rains arrived in the afternoon. Crews will be working the fire today then released at the end of the day.  Local crews will continue to monitor the fire for any signs of heat in the upcoming days.  This will be the final update for the Ojo de los Casos Fire barring a significant event on the fire.  The Mountainair Ranger District would like to thank all cooperators and residents for the support during this event. 

Weather: Today will be partly cloudy with a 30% chance of precipitation in the afternoon. Temperatures over the fire area will be mid to upper 80s today. Minimum humidity should stay in the mid 20’s today. Winds will be terrain dominated 5-10 increasing to 10-15 from the southwest in the afternoon.

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.

Smoke: Little to no smoke has been reported as being emitted from the fire. Information on health impacts from smoke can be found by visiting the New Mexico Department of Health website at https://nmtracking.org/fire.

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!

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

New Mexico Fire Information: www.nmfireinfo.com

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