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Wildfire Named the “Visitor Center Fire” Burning SW of Rio Grande Gorge Visitor Center

A 2 acre fire burning southwest of the Rio Grande Gorge Visitor Center at Pilar, NM, has been named the Visitor Center Fire.  The Visitor Center Fire is not within the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument as initially reported but is on lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, Taos Field Office.  The […]

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New Fire in Rio Grande del Norte National Monument

A small wildfire has been reported in the cliffs above the Rio Grande Visitor Center in Pilar, NM. The cause is believed to be a lightning strike that flared up today, putting up a column of smoke. Firefighters from Taos BLM are on scene and monitoring the fire. Current estimate is 1.5 acres.

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Tiffany Fire Contained – Final Update – 7/14

The Tiffany Fire is now 100% contained and 9,200 acres.  Fire managers will continue to monitor the fire.  Smoke and torching may be visible for several days as heavy fuels burn out within the interior.  The Fort Craig Historic Site is open to the public.

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Tiffany Fire Update 7/9 – 10am

The Tiffany Fire is now 90% contained and 9,200 acres.  Interior smoke will be visible as heavy pockets of vegetation burn down.  Crews will continue to monitor the fire and work the perimeter.  Full containment is expected later this week. To view a map and photos of the Tiffany Fire go to: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5302/

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Tiffany Fire Update 7/6

The Tiffany Fire south of Socorro remains 79% contained and approximately 9,200 acres. Today crews will continue to work on securing the fire perimeter. Interior smoke may be visible as pockets of vegetation burn out. Full containment is expected next week.  Temperatures today will be in the upper 90s with winds in the afternoon from the southeast. The Fort […]

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Tiffany Fire Update – 7/5 – 9am

The Tiffany Fire is approximately 9,200 acres and 79% contained.  The burnout operation in Tiffany Basin was successful and crews will work today to secure the fire perimeter in that area.  Progress was also made near Fort Craig, which is expected to reopen Saturday (7/8).  Helicopters continue to support ground resources with critical water drops.  Weather conditions […]

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Burnout Operation on Tiffany Fire Today (7/4)

An significant increase in smoke will occur today on the Tiffany Fire South of Socorro. Fire managers will be conducting an approximately 1,200 acre burnout operation in the Tiffany Basin area.  Aerial ignitions will occur via helicopter, bringing the fire edge to an area that firefighters can access safely and ensure containment in that area.  […]

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Know Where Fireworks Are Legal to Use

Fire officials in New Mexico would like everyone to enjoy and celebrate the holiday safely.  It’s important to know that fireworks may be legal to buy in New Mexico but are not legal to use everywhere in the state. Know Before You Go: Check with local authorities for legal and safe places to use fireworks. […]

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Tiffany Fire Update 7/3/2017 – 12pm

The Tiffany Fire South of Socorro is now 40% contained and estimated at 6,495 acres. The Fort Craig Historic Site is temporarily closed to the public. No structures are threatened.  There is some potential for spotting outside the fire area from unburned pockets throughout the fire. Burnout operations may occur this afternoon (7/3) in Tiffany […]

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Tiffany Fire Update – July 2 – 3pm

No new growth occurred on the fire perimeter yesterday.  The fire remains at 6,488 acres and 32% contained.  Helicopters continue to support ground resources with critical water drops.  Containment has been hampered by extreme fire conditions and difficult access.  Burnout operations may occur, temporarily producing more smoke.  No structures are threatened.  Weather conditions are expected […]

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Tiffany Fire Update – July 1 – 1pm

The Tiffany Fire is currently 6,488 acres and 32% contained.  The reduction in acreage is due to more accurate infrared mapping.  Crews made progress on the fire yesterday (6/30) with critical aerial support from helicopter water drops.  Burnout operations have been completed near a power transmission line and crews will work to secure the area […]

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Tiffany Fire Information 6/30/17 – 10pm

Maps and photos will be posted to Inciweb (https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5302/). For additional information you call the Fire Information Line: 575-322-2503 (8am-8pm daily) or email us at TiffanyFire2017@gmail.com.

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BLM Taos Field Office Announces Emergency Fire Prevention Closure for San Pedro Mountains in Santa Fe County

Taos, N.M. – Effective June 29, 2017, due to increased risk of human-caused fire and current fire danger, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Taos Field Office is temporarily closing public lands into or upon the San Pedro Mountains in Santa Fe County.  Closure warnings have been posted at the entrances to the San Pedro […]

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Enjoy Your Weekend, Prevent a Wildfire

Smokey Bear has long been a symbol in preventing wildfires caused by people.  Take a moment with your family to review fire safety practices that will make a difference and keep you safe. Campfires are restricted in many jurisdictions in New Mexico. You can visit https://firerestrictions.us/nm/ or contact your local officials for locations.  In places […]

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Echo Amphitheater Reopened

Canjilon, NM, June 20, 2017—Campers and travelers can now enjoy Echo Amphitheater as it is now open to the public.  On June 15, 2017 a human caused fire burned a portion of the Echo Amphitheater day use area.  This fire prompted the Canjilon Ranger District to temporarily close the Echo Amphitheater day use area and […]

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Wildfires are No Drone Zones

New Mexico wildfire officials need the public’s help to ensure that drones, hobby aircraft or other Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), are not used near wildfire incidents, regardless of the size of the fire.  Use of drones is the most common incursion of UAS above wildfires and is potentially deadly.   To help you fly safely, here […]

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Wildfire Mitigation Guide Available Free Online

The 2017 version of the Wildland Urban Interface Wildfire Mitigation Desk Reference Guide is now available online. This free guide provides basic background information on helpful programs and terminology for community members or fire departments who are seeking to enhance their community’s wildfire mitigation efforts.  It is produced by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group, providing national […]

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BLM Plans Prescribed Burn South of Roswell, Late May-Early June

Roswell, N.M. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is planning to conduct an approximately 4,500-acre prescribed burn, located 20 miles southwest of Roswell and south of Highway 13, in late May and early June, weather permitting. This project, named the Westside NW Prescribed Fire, is part of a restoration effort to improve rangeland health […]

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BLM Continues Prescribed Fire in Cibola County

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rio Puerco Field Office plans to conduct a prescribed burn on approximately 1,500 acres within the El Malpais National Conservation Area (NCA), located approximately 40 miles southeast of Grants, New Mexico, beginning May 15, weather permitting.  Fire managers estimate it will take approximately two to four days to complete […]

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NM Governor Proclaims April 16-22 as Wildfire Awareness Week

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez has proclaimed April 16 through April 22 as Wildfire Awareness Week. During a news conference Tuesday, at the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park, representatives from the State Forestry and Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary Ken McQueen called upon New Mexicans to continue to be vigilant and do […]

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