Quartz Hill Fire – EVENING UPDATE for May 9th

Mount Taylor Ranger District – Zuni Mountains

Reported start date / time: May 9, 2022 – 0245           Cause: Unknown         Size: 8 acres

Location: East of Oso Ridge, Zuni Mountains, Mt Taylor Ranger District, Cibola National Forest & National Grasslands (NF & NGs).

Containment: 75%

Strategy: The strategy for the Quartz Hill Fire is full suppression. Crews continue to secure the fire edge and move into the interior.

Fuels: Ponderosa Pine and Grass.

Weather: Tonight forecast: Mostly clear skies with a low around 47, West wind 20-25 mph decreasing to 10-15 after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Red Flag Warning in effect May 9th from 9 am until 9 pm due to strong winds, several hours of single digit humidity, above average warmth and unstable atmosphere. https://www.weather.gov/. 

Resources on scene: Firefighters from the Cibola National Forest and Bureau of Land Management.

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

Safety: The health and safety of firefighters and the public are always the first priority. Members of the public should stay away from Quartz Hill 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!”

Residual Smoke may be visible in the surrounding areas of Grants, 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 nmtracking.org.

Fire updates are posted on the  Cibola NF & NGs website, New Mexico Fire Information website, and the Cibola NF & NGs Facebook  & Twitter pages.

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