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Seco Fire Crews Continue Work in Rugged Terrain

August 7, 2020 Location: San Mateo Mountains Cause: Unknown Percent Contained: 0% Date Reported: 8/3/2020 Personnel: 107 Size: ~20 acres Fuel: Mixed Conifer and Ponderosa pine Resources assigned: 1 Type 3 Incident Management Team, 2 Type 2 IA Crews, 2 Engines, 2 Fire modules, 1 Air Attack, 1 Helicopter, 1 water tender and various support […]

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Albuquerque Zone Type 3 Team Managing the Seco Fire

  August 6, 2020 Update Location: San Mateo Mountains Cause: Unknown Percent Contained: 0% Date Reported: 8/3/2020 Size: ~20 acres Fuel: Mixed Conifer and Ponderosa pine Resources assigned: 1 Type 3 Incident Management Team, 1 Interagency Hotshot Crew, 2 Engines, 2 Fire modules, 1 Air Attack, 1 Helicopter and various support personnel from the Cibola […]

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Ojo de los Casos Fire Receives More Rain – Final Update

Location: Manzano Mountains Cause: Human Percent Contained: 100% Date Reported: 7/8/2020 Size: 180 acres Fuel: Ponderosa pine, Slash   July 17, 2020 Update   Mountainair, NM – For Immediate Release – Steady rains fell over the Ojo de los Casos fire yesterday evening and night.  The fire, which has been burning in the Manzano Mountains since July […]

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Ojo de los Casos Fire receives light rains

July 16, 2020 Update   Mountainair, NM – For Immediate Release – Yesterday light precipitation fell over the Ojo de los Casos fire, which has been burning in the Manzano Mountains for over a week.  The fire remains at 180 acres and is now 75% contained.  Yesterday thick dust clouds around Albuquerque, throughout the East Mountains […]

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Little to No Smoke on Ojo de los Casos Fire

Little to No Smoke on Ojo de los Casos Fire July 15, 2020 Afternoon Update    Mountainair, NM – For Immediate Release – When wildfires burn either in your area or many miles away, they produce smoke that may reach your community. The Ojo de los Casos Fire is 59% contained, 180 acres with no perimeter […]

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Ojo de los Casos Downsized to Type 4 Incident

 July 15, 2020 Update    Location: Manzano Mountains Cause: Human Percent Contained: 59% Date Reported: 7/8/2020 Size: 180 acres Fuel: Ponderosa pine, Slash Resources assigned: 3 Interagency Hotshot Crews, 6 Engines, 1 Type 3 Helicopter, 1 Medical Screening Team, 1 Medical Decontamination Team, 1 Wildland Fire Module, and 2 Rapid Extraction Module, miscellaneous overhead. Mountainair, NM […]

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Ojo De Los Casos Crews Provide Mutual Aid

On Wednesday evening Torrance County was quick in providing mutual aid to the Mountainair Ranger District as the Ojo De Los Casos fire grew. Saturday afternoon the favor was returned as the Albuquerque Zone Incident Management’s Structure Protection/Initial Attack Division assigned to the Ojo De Los Casos Fire responded to a 16 acre grass fire […]

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Ox Spring Fire Contained

Mountainair, NM, May 3, 2020 – The Ox Spring Fire, which was reported just after noon today, is now 100% contained.  Forest Service crews along with mutual aid from Torreon and Mountainair Fire Departments, were able to line the fire to hold its growth to under an acre.  Two helicopters also aided in stopping the […]

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The Carson National Forest Thanks Area Residents

Name: Francisquito Date detected: July 13 Cause: Lightning Location: Carson NF, El Rito Ranger District, near FR 44 and FR 123 Size: 1999 Acres Growth Potential: Moderate Vegetation: Ponderosa Pine and Mixed Conifer   This will be the final release for the Francisquito Fire unless there is a significant change in the fire situation.  The […]

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Ignitions Complete, Firefighters Securing Containment Lines

Name: Francisquito Date detected: July 13 Cause: Lightning Location: Carson NF, El Rito Ranger District, near FR 44 and FR 123 Size: 2021 Acres Growth Potential: Moderate Vegetation: Ponderosa Pine and Mixed Conifer The Francisquito Fire, located on the El Rito Ranger District of the Carson National Forest, is now approximately 2000 acres in size.  […]

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Successful Day Yesterday, Ignitions Continue Today

Name: Francisquito Date detected: July 13 Cause: Lightning Location: Carson NF, El Rito Ranger District, near FR 44 and FR 123 Size: 1000 Acres Growth Potential: Moderate Vegetation: Ponderosa Pine and Mixed Conifer   The Francisquito Fire, located on the El Rito Ranger District of the Carson National Forest, is now approximately ­­­1000 acres in […]

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Fire Activity and Size to Increase on the Francisquito Fire

Name: Francisquito Date detected: July 13 Cause: Lightning Location: Carson NF, El Rito Ranger District, near FR 44 and FR 123 Size: 20 Acres Growth Potential: low to moderate    Vegetation: Ponderosa Pine and Mixed conifer Name: Rincon Date detected: July 14 Cause: Lightning Location: Carson NF, El Rito Ranger District, north of Francisquito tank Size: […]

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El Rito Ranger District Managing 2 Fires

Name: Francisquito Date detected: July 13 Cause: Lightning Location: Carson NF, El Rito Ranger District, near FR 44 and FR 123 Size: 20 Acres Growth Potential: low to moderate       Vegetation: Ponderosa Pine and Mixed conifer Name: Rincon Date detected: July 14 Cause: Lightning Location: Carson NF, El Rito Ranger District, north of Francisquito […]

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Prescribed Burn – Saturday, June 8th on the Mountainair Ranger District

Weather continues to provide us with excellent burning conditions. Tomorrow we will be in the Thunderbird area, this time around the junction of NFR#275 and NFR#422. We have approximately 90 acres to complete in this block. This is expected to be a one day burn. Below is the original news release and map… Mountainair, NM […]

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Mountainair Ranger District Conduct Prescribed Burn Beginning May 1st

Mountainair, NM April 30, 2019: Late winter and early spring storms have given fire managers on the Mountainair Ranger District the opportunity to explore spring prescribed burning in the Manzano Mountains. If conditions are suitable, fire crews will be evaluating parts of the Thunderbird area as well as the Chato burn. These are continuations of […]

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Wet Weather Provides Opportunities for Spring Prescribed Burning

Mountainair, NM April 3, 2019: Late winter and early spring storms have given fire managers on the Mountainair Ranger District the opportunity to explore spring prescribed burning in the Manzano Mountains.  If conditions are suitable, fire crews will be evaluating parts of the Thunderbird area as well as  the Chato burn.  These are continuations of […]

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New Start Reported on the West Side of the Manzano Mountains

Mountainair, NM, May 22, 2018 – A new start has been sighted on the west side of the Manzano Mountain Wilderness. An air reconnaissance flight has confirmed the start and initial reports on the fire size are approximately 1 acre. Helicopters are responding to begin water drops on the fire while ground crews assess the […]

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Bluewater and Diener Canyon Fire Evening Update 4/13/2018

Bluewater Fire – Dozer lines are being built around the fire to keep it on Salitre Mesa.  Crews are providing structural protection in the Bluewater Subdivision.  A pre-evacuation notice has been issued in the subdivision.  Bluewater State Park is closed.  The Diener Canyon Fire is burning on Mount Sedgwick near an old fire scar from […]

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Two Fires Continue to Burn on the Mount Taylor Ranger District

Grants, NM – April 12, 2018: Fire managers from the Mount Taylor Ranger District have ordered additional resources to help manage the Diener Canyon Fire, located in the Zuni Mountains approximately fifteen miles west of Grants and Milan. This fire is approximately 1000 acres with no containment. The Bluewater Fire is also approximately 1000 acres with […]

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Mountainair and Sandia Ranger Districts going into Stage I Fire Restrictions starting April 18, 2018

Albuquerque, NM, April 10, 2018 – Hot and dry weather patterns continue after a long, dry winter.  The fire danger has increased to HIGH across both the Sandia and Mountainair Ranger Districts.  In response to current conditions, fire managers will enact Stage 1 fire restrictions beginning Wednesday, April 18, 2018, on both the Mountainair and […]

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