Cuervito Fire Behavior Remains Low to Moderate While Meeting Incident Objectives

SANTA FE, NM – May 14, 2021 – The Type 3 Incident Management Team on the Cuervito Fire on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) will be conducting hand and aerial ignitions in the coming days as part of a management strategy to use this lightning-caused wildfire to achieve significant benefits on the ground and reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire in the future.

Surrounding communities may see an increase in smoke as smoke settles into low areas at night and in the early mornings.  

Location: 9 miles east of Pecos and 3 miles southwest of the Barillas Lookout on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District

Start Date:  May 9, 2021

Size:  Approximately 130 acres with the potential for approximately 1,600 acres

Cause:  Lightning

Resources Assigned:  4 hand crews, 5 engines, 1 dozer, 1 masticator, 1 helicopter, and miscellaneous overhead

Fuels:  Ponderosa pine, piñon-juniper, Douglas fir and oak brush

Operations:  Fire behavior remained low to moderate today as firefighters continued with hand ignitions on the northwest side near Forest Road (FR) 81FB to FR 81ABB. This will create a buffer on the northern perimeter of the fire and promote a low to moderate backing fire. The intention is to keep the fire west of FR 200 and 200M, south and east of FR 81FB and north of FR 81AA and 200H.

Weather: Tonight will be partly cloudy with temperatures between 45 and 49 degrees. Winds are expected to be out of the west at 8 to 14 mph with gusts up to 20 mph in the evening.  

Values at risk:  Firefighter and public safety is always the number-one priority for the IMT. Values at risk include private property nearby.

Smoke:  Smoke management is a key part of the planning and implementation of managed wildfire. Smoke from the Cuervito Firemay impact the communities of Santa Fe, Pecos, Las Vegas, Rowe, Glorieta, La Cueva, North and South San Ysidro, Ilfeld, San Jose, San Juan, Tecolote, Soham, Ribera, Serafina, Bernal, Anton Chico, Mineral Hill, San Geronimo and Pablo as well as the I-25 corridor and the Pecos National Historical Park.

Safety:  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. Information on the Forest Stewards Guild’s HEPA Filter Loan Program is available here.

Fire updates will be posted on the SFNF website, New Mexico Fire Information website, Inciweb and on the Santa Fe National Forest Facebook page and Twitter @SantafeNF.

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