Mt Taylor Ranger District: Colorado 2 Fire

New Fire Start on Mt Taylor Ranger District: Colorado 2 Fire

Start date: October 5, 2020         Cause: Unknown          Size: 100 acres

Location: Colorado Canyon, San Mateo Mountains.
Colorado 2 Fire is east of NFSR 239, south of NFSR 453 and north of Mt Taylor.

Containment: 0%

Fuels and fire behavior: The Colorado 2 Fire is exhibiting moderate fire behavior with isolated torching.

Weather: Above normal temperatures with humidity in the low teens, clear skies and drought conditions. Winds are out of the east at 5-10 mph with pm winds to the south.  

Resources on scene: Firefighters from the Cibola National Forest and Bureau of Indian Affairs, are on scene with 4 type 6 engines and additional resources en route, including aerial resources.

Values at risk: Mexican spotted owl habitat and rangeland infrastructure.

Strategy: The strategy for the Colorado 2 is full suppression.

Safety: The health and safety of firefighters and the public are always the first priority. Firefighters are conducting operations under protocols to mitigate the risk of COVID-19. Members of the public should stay away from fire operations. 

(2) US Forest Service – Cibola National Forest & National Grasslands – Posts

Notice to Continental Divide Trail hikers: For your safety, you are encouraged to use NFSR 451B, 451 and 239 to avoid the Colorado 2 Fire. Thank you for your cooperation and safe travels.

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 within a 10-15-miles radius of the Colorado 2 Fire. 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 Cibola NF & NGs website, Cibola NF & NGs Facebook page and NM Fire Information website.

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