Oct. 9 Update: Colorado 2 Fire Mt Taylor Ranger District

Start date: October 5, 2020         Cause: Under Investigation       Size: 257 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: 50% containment. Firefighters have stopped progression and continue to improve the containment fire lines.

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

Weather: Temp: High 80s / Low 40s, Humidity 8%, Sunny/Clear and extreme drought conditions. West winds are 5-11 mph. Weekend forecast for increased winds of 10-25 mph with occasional gusts over 40 mph.

Resources on scene: Firefighters from the Cibola National Forest, Bureau of Indian Affairs and Geronimo Hot Shots. Cibola County & McKinley County water tenders and Cibola County Sheriff. Additional resources include aerial resources.

Values at risk: Mexican spotted owl habitat, rangeland infrastructure, Continental Divide National Scenic Trail and cultural resources. At this time, the fire is not a threat to any communities, and there are no evacuations in effect.

Strategy: As part of the full suppression strategy for the Colorado 2 Fire, firefighters are using natural and manmade barriers, including road systems. Crews today continue to secure the edges and mop up to make sure the containment lines remain secure.

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.

Continental Divide Trail will be rerouted to NFSR 451B, 451 and 239.A

Closure Order (03-0701): Cibola www for closure order 03-0701

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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