SFNF New Fire Start – Macho Fire

May 24, 2021

Start date: May 23, 2021                                     

Cause: Lightning          

Location: Macho Canyon on Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF), about 12 miles northwest of Pecos

Size: Less than 1 acre

Resources: 1 Hotshot crew, 2 engine modules and 1 Type 1 helicopter

Fuels:  Ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, and heavy dead and down logs 

Strategy:  SFNF fire personnel are implementing a full suppression strategy on the Macho Fire. Since the fire is in steep terrain with limited access, fire managers are utilizing the helicopter to make repeated water drops on the fire.

Weather:  The forecasted weather for the area is dry and warm through most of the week with winds in the 10 to 15 mph range.

Values at risk: Closest structures are 3 miles southeast of the fire. 

Smoke: Smoke management is a key part of the planning and implementation of managed wildfire. Smoke from the Cuervito Fire may impact 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. An interactive smoke map at https://fire.airnow.gov/ allows you to search for current smoke information.

Safety: The health and safety of firefighters and the public are always the first priority. 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 SFNF website, New Mexico Fire Information website and on the Santa Fe National Forest Facebook page and Twitter @SantafeNF.

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