New Start on SFNF – Gabaldon Fire near Chamisa Trailhead

SANTA FE, NM – August 12, 2021 – Another new start on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) was detected yesterday and firefighters have already completed handline around the fire perimeter. The amount of monsoonal moisture received on the SFNF has assisted in keeping wildfires relatively small.

Monsoon precipitation has been more abundant this year compared to last year’s “non-soon” season. The much-needed rain has provided moisture to forest fuels which has decreased the rate of spread and minimized fire behavior.

This year’s recorded monsoon precipitation for August is approximately 6 inches which is a drastic difference in comparison to the 1.73 inches received in 2020.

Start date: August 11, 2021    Cause: Lightning           Size: ½ acre                             Containment: 0%

Location: Northeast of Santa Fe near the Chamisa Trailhead on the Española Ranger District

Fuels: Oak, Ponderosa pine, and Piñyon-juniper at approximately 8,500 feet elevation.

Resources: Two engines

Strategy: Resources completed handline around the fire and may be on scene today if weather permits.

Weather: Showers and thunderstorms are predicted for the fire area.

Values at risk: No immediate values at risk.

Safety: The health and safety of firefighters and the public are always the first priority.

Restrictions: Currently, there are no closures or restrictions for the Gabaldon Fire.

Smoke: Smoke from the Gabaldon Fire will be light and visible to the public in the immediate area. 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, and on the SFNF Facebook and Twitter.

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