Bear Trap Fire – May 11th UPDATE

Magdalena Ranger District – San Mateo Mountains

Incident Command: New Mexico – Albuquerque Type 3 Team

Reported start date / time: May 1, 2022 – 1200           Cause: Undetermined.         Size: 7,249 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 active fire behavior with isolated torching.

Weather: Temperature today will see a high near 83 with 10% humidity, sunny and drought conditions. Windy, with a south wind 10 to 20 mph increasing to 20 to 30 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 48. Breezy, with a southwest wind 20 to 25 mph decreasing to 10 to 15 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Red Flag Warning in effect May 11th from 11 am until 9 pm due to strong winds, low humidity and a very unstable atmosphere. 

Resources on scene – 318 personnel. Firefighters from the USFS, BLM, BIA, NMF, County, local and private contractors are on scene with 12-Type 6 Engines, 9-Type 2 Handcrew, 2-Type 2 & 1-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and Trail Closure is in effect for the Bear Trap Fire per Order 03-0726 on May 3rd at 5:00 pm until Sept 1 or until rescinded, whichever occurs first. 03-0726 Closure Order

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 Magdalena Ranger District. Order 03-0724

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 5/11/22 Map San Mateo Mountains, Magdalena Ranger District

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