The Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands updates district Fire Danger Ratings.

Black Kettle Ranger District: Very High

Kiowa and Rita Blanca Ranger District: Very High

Magdalena Ranger District: Moderate

Mountainair Ranger District: Low

Mt. Taylor Ranger District: Low

Sandia Ranger District: Low

The Fire Danger Rating is calculated by measuring the dryness of wood, grass and other combustible material, weather conditions and the terrain. The combination of these factors results in one of five fire danger levels: low, moderate, high, very high and extreme.

Fire managers consider several factors when elevating the fire danger level. Data from Remote Weather Stations (RAWS) located across the forest and grasslands are aggregated together, producing the Energy Release Component (ERC). As live fuels cure and dead fuels dry, the ERC will increase and can be described as a build-up index. Each daily calculation considers the past 7 days in calculating the new number. Fire managers and planners have found that the ERC can be used as a decision tool to prepare for an approaching fire season. This data is evaluated in addition to the number of human-caused fires, red flag and critical fire days.

All Cibola NF & NGs fire information will be posted on the  Cibola NF & NGs website, New Mexico Fire Information website, and the Cibola NF & NGs Facebook  & Twitter pages.

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