Wolf Draw Fire Update – June 8, 2021

The only significant change in today’s update is an increase in the containment percentage which is now 80%.

The smoke that is spreading across Northern New Mexico is coming primarily from wildfires in Arizona.

Start date:  May 29, 2021

Location:  Approximately 30 miles north of Cuba and 11 miles northwest of Regina on the Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF), Rio Arriba County

Cause:  Human. The Wolf Draw Fire was caused by an illegal abandoned campfire that escaped the fire ring over the Memorial Day weekend. The west side of the SFNF is currently under Stage 1 fire restrictions, which prohibit dispersed campfires.

Size:  712 acres                                          

Percent Contained:  80%

Resources:  2 hand crews and 1 Type 3 helicopter

Fuels:  Ponderosa pine and mixed conifer

Operations:  Operations today are similar to yesterday’s activities with crews continuing with mop-up and suppression repair. Firefighters are also monitoring fire behavior, which is still creeping and smoldering through vegetation on the ground.

Weather: Today’s weather is a continuation of the warming, drying trend with above-normal temperatures and decreasing humidity recovery. Dry, hot and unstable conditions are expected through the rest of the week with the possibility of moisture returning next weekend.

Objectives: The health and safety of firefighters and the public are always the first priority. Other objectives  on the Wolf Draw Fire include limiting fire impacts on cultural resources, oil and gas infrastructure, private property, canyon ecosystems and Mexican spotted owl habitat.

Smoke:  The Wolf Draw Fire is having minimal smoke impacts on surrounding areas. The smoke that is spreading across New Mexico is coming primarily from wildfires in Arizona. 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, Inciweb and on the SFNF Facebook and Twitter.

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