New Fire Start on Santa Fe National Forest – Wolf Draw Fire Update May 30

Start date:  May 29, 2021

Cause:  Unknown

Location:  Approximately 30 miles north of Cuba, NM, on the Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF)

Size:  400+ acres

Resources:  1 Type 3 engine, 3 Type 6 engines, a 12-person Initial Attack crew, an interagency Hotshot crew, and multiple aviation resources, including 1 air attack platform, 1 lead plane, 6 large air tankers, 1 DC-10 very large air tanker (VLAT), 2 water scoopers, 2 Type 1 helicopters and 1 Type 3 helicopter. A Type 3 Incident Management Team (IMT) will assume command of the Wolf Draw Fire at 6 a.m. tomorrow.

Fuels:  Ponderosa pine and mixed conifer

Operations:  Aviation resources are working with engines and crews on the ground to suppress the fire with a confine and contain strategy.  

Weather: Dry, southwest breezes are expected to give way to showers and thunderstorms Sunday night and into Monday with wetting rains possible on Memorial Day. Temperatures will be trending down on Sunday and Monday with winds out of the southeast.

Values at risk: Private property, oil and gas infrastructure

Smoke:  Minimal smoke impacts are expected from the Wolf Draw Fire due to its remote location in the northwestern corner of the Santa Fe National Forest.

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

Fire updates will be posted on the SFNF website, New Mexico Fire Information website, Inciweb and on the SFNF Facebook and Twitter.

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