Bear Trap Fire – May 5th UPDATE

Magdalena Ranger District – San Mateo Mountains

Incident Command: New Mexico – Albuquerque Type 3 Team

Reported start date / time: May 1, 2022 – 1200

Cause: Unknown        

Size: 2,694 acres

Location: Bear Trap Canyon, San Mateo Mountains, Magdalena Ranger District, Cibola National Forest & National Grasslands (NF & NGs). Socorro County, NM. See Map Attached.

Containment: 0%

Fuels: Pine, Pinyon-Juniper and Grass.

Fire behavior: The Bear Trap Fire is exhibiting moderate fire behavior with isolated torching.

Weather: Temperatures today will be in the mid-70s with humidity at 7%, sunny skies and drought conditions. Northwest winds are 10-15 mph. Tonight forecast: Clear skies with a low around 45, West wind 5-15 mph.  

Resources on scene: Firefighters from the USFS, BLM, BIA, NM State Forestry, and private contractors are on scene with 1 Type 3 Engine, 1 Type 4 Engine, 10 Type 6 Engines, 6 Type 2 Handcrew, Type 2 & Type 3 Helicopters, Overhead, Air Tankers, Water Tenders, and Retardant Drops.

Strategy: The strategy for the Bear Trap Fire is full suppression.

Values at risk: At this time, the fire is not a threat to any communities, and there are no evacuations in effect.

Area Closure Order: An Area, Road and Trail Closure is in effect for the Bear Trap Fire per Order 03-0726 on May 3rd at 5:00 pm until Sept 1 or until rescinded, whichever occurs first. 03-0726 Closure Order

Safety: The health and safety of firefighters and the public are always the first priority. Members of the public should stay away from Bear Trap Fire operations.

Drones pose a serious risk to firefighting and can cause air operations to cease.
The public is reminded that “If you fly, we can’t!”

Smoke may be visible in the surrounding areas of Alamo, Datil, Magdalena, Socorro and San Antonio, NM. 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 An interactive smoke map is available at, which allows you to zoom into areas to see the latest smoke conditions.

All Bear Trap Fire updates will be posted on the Incident Information System (InciWeb) for Bear Trap Fire, Cibola NF & NGs website, New Mexico Fire Information website, and the Cibola NF & NGs Facebook  & Twitter pages.

For more information on Bear Trap Fire contact:

Magdalena Ranger District Office: 575-854-2281

Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands Supervisor’s Office: 505-346-3900

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Bear Trap Fire Map for May 5, 2022 – San Mateo Mountains, Magdalena Ranger District, Cibola National Forest & National Grasslands. Socorro County, NM.

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