Wolf Draw Fire Update – June 9, 2021

This will be the last update on the Wolf Draw Fire unless conditions change significantly.

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:  85%. Fire managers expect to reach 100% containment within a week.

Resources:  2 hand crews and 1 Type 3 helicopter

Fuels:  Ponderosa pine and mixed conifer

Operations:  Operations today are following a familiar pattern as crews continue with mop-up and suppression repair. Firefighters are also monitoring fire behavior, which is still creeping and smoldering through vegetation on the ground.

Weather: Much of the state is under a fire weather watch with increasing winds, single-digit humidities and above-normal temperatures expected Thursday. Friday will be dry and hot. Moisture from Colorado is forecast to drop south into New Mexico with the potential for welcome precipitation.

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 and southwestern New Mexico. 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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