Quartz Hill Fire – FINAL UPDATE

Mount Taylor Ranger District – Zuni Mountains

This will be the final update on the Quartz Hill Fire unless conditions warrant additional information.

Reported start date / time: May 9, 2022 – 0245           Cause: Under investigation         Size: 8.9 acres

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

Containment: 100%

Strategy: Secured perimeter, extinguishing internal hot spots and monitoring.

Fuels: Ponderosa Pine and Grass.

Weather: Sunny with a high near 83. Breezy with a south wind 15 to 25 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 41. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15-25 mph decreasing to 5-15 mph in the evening. Red Flag Warning in effect May 10th from 12 pm until 9 pm and May 11th from 11 am until 9 pm. https://www.weather.gov/. 

Resources on scene: Firefighters from the Cibola National Forest.

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.

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.

Stage 2 Fire Restrictions: On April 28th based on high fire danger and severe fire weather conditions, the Cibola NF & NGs implemented Stage 2 Fire Restrictions on the mountain districts to include the Mt. Taylor Ranger District. Order 03-0724

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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