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VCNP – Hidden Valley Fire Receives Rain 7.24.18

Jemez Springs, NM – On Monday evening the Hidden Valley Fire received approximately .49 inches of rain, further reducing fire behavior. The chance for monsoonal rains and thunderstorms will remain high in the afternoons through the end of the week and minimal fire behavior is predicted for the Hidden Valley Fire.   With decreased complexity, […]

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VCNP – Firing Operations Complete for Hidden Valley Fire 7.23.2018

Jemez Springs, NM – Firefighters on Sunday completed firing operations on the lightning-caused Hidden Valley Fire. Through the successful management of this naturally caused fire, the preserve was able to safely decrease fuel loads on 585 acres of forest on South Mountain and reduce the risk of undesired fire behavior in the future. “We’re grateful for all […]

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Hidden Valley Fire Operations Finishing Today

Jemez Springs, NM – Firing operations to manage the lightning-caused Hidden Valley fire are expected to be completed today. Yesterday, favorable conditions allowed fire fighters to treat an additional 150 acres on the south and southwest portions of South Mountain, for a total of approximately 450 acres. Smoke from management operations will be visible from all […]

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Successful Operations Continue on Hidden Valley Fire

Jemez Springs, NM – Fire crews will resume firing operations today to manage the lightning-caused Hidden Valley Fire at Valles Caldera National Preserve. Yesterday, favorable conditions allowed fire fighters to treat over 300 acres on the east and northeast side of South Mountain. Smoke from management operations will be visible from all directions coming into […]

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VCNP – Smoke Advisory for Hidden Valley Fire 7.20.18

Jemez Springs – As part of managing the lightning-caused Hidden Valley Fire by reducing fuel loads in the area, fire crews will continue implementing firing operations today. Resources on scene include one hotshot crew, three type 2 IA crews, one fire use module, one rapid extraction module, and three engines. “Wildfire is a natural component […]

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VCNP – Hidden Valley Fire Update 7.19.18

Jemez Springs, NM – As part of managing the lightning-caused Hidden Valley Fire by reducing fuel loads in the area, fire crews will begin implementing firing operations this afternoon. Because of the location and elevation, smoke from management operations will be visible from all directions coming into the Jemez Mountains area, and may linger in surrounding […]

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Valles Caldera to Manage Lightning-Caused Fire

The lightning-caused Hidden Valley Fire was first reported on Tuesday, July 17 around 3:30 pm on Valles Caldera National Preserve. The ¼-acre fire is currently burning within a recent forest thinning area on the north flank of South Mountain. Given favorable conditions, including monsoonal rains, high humidity, and the availability of fire crews, the preserve […]

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Bandelier National Monument and Valles Caldera National Preserve To Lift Fire Restrictions on Monday, July 16

Due to several days of higher humidity and rain, Bandelier National Monument and Valles Caldera National Preserve will lift fire restrictions, including backcountry closures, at 8:00 am on July 16, 2018. In addition, special use permittees and commercial use operators may resume their normal activities within the two National Park Service units. “Even though the […]

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San Antonio Fire in Valles Caldera Now 75% Contained

The lightning-caused San Antonio Fire on Valles Caldera National Preserve is now 75% contained and remains at 416 acres. There has been no significant growth, but interior hot spots are a concern. Crews will continue to mop up the hot spots within the mixed conifer and aspen. After a fire, the first priority is emergency […]

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San Antonio Fire Command to be Transferred Back to Valles Caldera National Preserve

The combination of infrared flights and firefighters walking around the majority of the fire’s perimeter using handheld GPS devices determined the San Antonio Fire’s acreage was much less than originally estimated. The ABQ Zone Incident Management Team will transition command back to Valles Caldera National Preserve Type 4 organization tomorrow morning. As fire activity has […]

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San Antonio Fire Update: 6/20/2018

Two firefighters were injured by a falling tree while working on the San Antonio Fire yesterday afternoon. Fire personnel responded quickly to the incident, and patients were airlifted to an area hospital. The firefighters’ injuries were evaluated and treated by medical staff at the hospital. Both firefighters were released from the hospital following treatment early […]

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San Antonio Fire Update: Rains Not Sufficient to Lift Fire Restrictions and Closures

Fire officials want to stress that the rains received a couple of days ago were not enough to lift the Stage III fire restrictions and closures within the Jemez Mountain area. It typically takes several rain events before the moisture saturates the ground enough to allow the vegetation to restore its dehydrated system. In others […]

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San Antonio Fire – Ways You Can Help

We greatly appreciate the support and generosity of our neighboring communities! The Albuquerque Zone Incident Management Type 3 Team’s  focus is on the mission of fire suppression while keeping firefighter and public safety our number one priority. Our wildland fire crews are well equipped and cared for. After many donation inquiries, here’s a list of […]

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Rain Provided Relief for San Antonio Fire

Yesterday’s rain aided firefighting efforts and kept the San Antonio Fire at 495 acres. The lightning-caused fire is located within the northwest area of Valles Caldera National Preserve. Fire activity was moderate with spots of creeping flames and smoldering timber. The historic cabin within the fire perimeter and the weather station and natural gas pipeline […]

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Ute Park Fire – June 5, 2018 AM Update

Critical Fire Weather Returning Acres: 36,664 acres      Percent Containment: 25%        Start Date: May 31, 2018, 2:10pm Cause: Unknown, under investigation  Jurisdiction: NM State Fuels: Grass, Pinyon Juniper, Mixed Conifer Origin Location: Highway 64 in Ute Park, NM, between Eagle Nest Lake and Cimarron Resources: 598 personnel including 15 crews, 8 helicopters, 29 […]

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Ute Park Fire – June 4, 2018 Evening Update

Minimal Fire Activity Today Acres: 36,664 acres                                     Percent Containment: 25% Start Date: May 31, 2018, 2:10pm Cause: Unknown, under investigation Jurisdiction: NM State Fuels: Grass, Pinyon Juniper, Mixed Conifer Origin Location: Highway 64 in Ute Park, NM, between Eagle Nest Lake and Cimarron Resources: 598 personnel including 15 crews, 8 helicopters, 29 engines, 5 bulldozers, 9 water tenders The evacuation order for Cimarron […]

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10.24.2016 – Prescribed Fire Update – Valles Caldera

Jemez Springs, NM. – National Park Service (NPS) fire managers successfully treated 30-40 acres with prescribed fire in the Banco Bonito district of the Valles Caldera National Preserve – north of NM State Road 4 near mile marker 30. Ignitions are complete for today and no ignitions are planned for tomorrow. Fire personnel will continue patrolling and monitoring […]

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10.20.2016 – Update – Valles Caldera Prescribed Burns will Continue Next Week

Jemez Springs, NM. – National Park Service (NPS) fire managers successfully treated 478 acres with prescribed fire in the Banco Bonito district of the Valles Caldera National Preserve – north of NM State Road 4 near mile marker 30. Because the weather forecast for Thursday through Sunday is not favorable for smoke dispersion, fire managers will not […]

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Valles Caldera Rx burn update 10.19.2016

Crews were able to burn approximately 278-acres of the planned project site in Banco Bonito today. Burning is expected to continue tomorrow and smoke will be visible from all directions coming into the Jemez Mountains.   Smoke sensitive individuals are encouraged to take proper precautions in the following days.   More information about this burn […]

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VALL Rx Fall burns continue

Prescribed burn operations occurring on the Valles Caldera National Preserve began today and have been progressing well. On 10/18/2016 crews were able to burn approximately 200-acres of the planned project site in Banco Bonito. Burning is expected to continue tomorrow and smoke will be visible from all directions coming into the Jemez Mountains. Smoke sensitive […]

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