Oct. 7 Update: Colorado 2 Fire, Mt Taylor Ranger District

Start date: October 5, 2020        

Cause: Under Investigation

Size: 220 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 around 8-9%, clear skies and drought conditions. Winds are terrain dominant at 5-10 mph.  

Resources on scene: Approximately 70 Firefighters from the Cibola National Forest, Bureau of Indian Affairs and Geronimo Hot Shots are on scene. Additional resources include aerial resources.

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

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. 

Continental Divide Trail will be rerouted from to NFSR 451B, 451 and 239. See attached map.

Please avoid the area to allow suppression resources to travel safely to and throughout the incident. Updates will be provided as official information becomes available.

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 10-20 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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