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Smokey Bear LIVE from Capitan, NM! November 7

This Thursday, November 7, at 11 a.m. Mountain Time, join Smokey Bear for a live webcast from Capitan, NM, near where he was found as an injured cub and returned to be buried many years later! This is a free event! Register now at http://www.SmokeyBearLIVE.org.  You can submit questions and participate in this interactive program […]

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Cibola NF & National Grasslands – Magdalena Ranger District Plan Baney Prescribed Burn Beginning 11/04/2019

Magdalena, N.M., October 31, 2019 – The Cibola National Forest, Magdalena Ranger District is planning a prescribed burn to help improve wildlife habitat and forest health. The Baney Prescribed Fire Project is expected to begin on Monday, November 4 – Friday, November 8, 2019 depending on weather and vegetation conditions. Up to 1,200 acres will […]

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Prescribed Burns to Begin on Valles Caldera National Preserve

Jemez Springs, NM — Given favorable conditions, fire managers will begin prescribed burn operations within Valles Caldera National Preserve starting October 17. Burn operations are expected to last a few days, but smoke may be visible through next week. The prescribed burns will target approximately 700 acres in the Banco Bonito and Cerro Seco areas […]

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Keep Fall Season Wildfire Safety in Mind, Oct. 7, 2019

As the fall season begins, land managers would like to remind the public to practice wildfire safety while enjoying the outdoors. Federal and state wildfire cooperators in New Mexico urge caution for those participating in hunting and other outdoor activities to go prepared to avoid sparking a fire. Just one small spark or heat from […]

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Map showing locations prescribed burns within Valles Caldera National Preserve.

Prescribed Burns Planned on Valles Caldera National Preserve

Jemez Springs, NM — Fire managers are planning to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and forecasted weather, to conduct prescribed burns within Valles Caldera National Preserve during October 1 through December 31. The exact dates will depend on conditions on the ground. The prescribed burns will target up to […]

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Cibola NF & NG – Magdalena Ranger District Planning Baney Prescribed Burn

Magdalena, N.M., September 12, 2019 – The Cibola National Forest, Magdalena Ranger District is planning a prescribed burn to help improve wildlife habitat and forest health. The Baney Prescribed Fire Project is expected to begin this fall and continue until completed, depending on weather and vegetation conditions. Up to 2,500 acres will be treated in […]

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Final Lava 18 Fire Update Unless Significant Events Occur

Lava 18 Fire Interagency News Release For Immediate Release September 11, 2019 Contact:  Ernie Price, 505-285-4641 ext. 18, ernie_price@nps.gov Final Lava 18 Fire Update Unless Significant Events Occur Grants, NM – The lightning-ignited Lava 18 Fire is approximately 2,070 acres (858 ac on the National Park Service (NPS) El Malpais National Monument and 1,212 acres […]

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Lava 18 Fire Continues to Meet Objectives

Lava 18 Fire Interagency News Release For Immediate Release September 7, 2019 Contact:  Ernie Price, 505-285-4641 ext. 18, ernie_price@nps.gov Lava 18 Fire Continues to Meet Objectives Grants, NM – The lightning-ignited Lava 18 Fire is approximately 1,500 acres. This fire is playing an important role maintaining a healthy forest and ensuring the resiliency of this […]

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Expect to See Smoke During Aerial Ignition on Lava 18 Fire

Lava 18 Fire Interagency News Release For Immediate Release September 5, 2019 Contact:  Ernie Price, 505-285-4641 ext. 18, ernie_price@nps.gov Expect to See Smoke During Aerial Ignition on Lava 18 Fire Grants, NM – The lightning-ignited Lava 18 Fire is approximately 330 acres. Firefighters plan to use aerial ignitions the next two days to strategically burnout approximately 100 acres each […]

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Increased Smoke Expected on Lava 18 Fire as Firefighters Conduct Strategic Firing Operations to Protect Private Land

Increased Smoke Expected on Lava 18 Fire as Firefighters Conduct Strategic Firing Operations to Protect Private Land  Grants, NM – The lightning-ignited Lava 18 Fire is estimated to be approximately 64 acres. Firefighters are monitoring this lightning-caused fire where it is maintaining the natural role in the ecosystem and using a full range of tactics to […]

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National Park Service Manages Fire at El Malpais National Monument

National Park Service Manages Fire at El Malpais National Monument Grants, NM – The National Park Service (NPS) at El Malpais National Monument is managing a fire that was caused by a lightning strike on August 22. As of Friday afternoon (Aug. 30) the slow moving fire had covered about 10 acres. The fire known as the Lava […]

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Valles Caldera National Preserve to Expand the Managed Redondo Fire

DATE: August 28, 2019 CONTACT: Kimberly DeVall, kimberly_devall@nps.gov, 505-412-0826 Valles Caldera National Preserve to Expand the Managed Redondo Fire Jemez Springs, NM — Fire crews will expand the managed burn area along the Preserve boundary north of the original Redondo Fire and south of Freelove Canyon. Firing operations planned for today and tomorrow will ultimately help to increase […]

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Cibola National Forest & National Grasslands – Roberts Fire Received Rain on the Magdalena Ranger District

Magdalena, NM; July 17, 2019 –  The Roberts Fire, in the Apache Kid Wilderness in the San Mateo Mountains, located on the Magdalena Ranger District, is a lightning caused fire that began July 13, 2019.  The fire size remained at 600 acres due to precipitation received over the fire perimeter.  There are with approximately 193 […]

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Cibola National Forest & National Grasslands – Roberts Fire on the Magdalena Ranger District

Magdalena, NM; July 14, 2019 – For Immediate Release.  The Roberts Fire, in the Apache Kid Wilderness in the San Mateo Mountains, located on the Magdalena Ranger District, is a lightning caused fire that began July 13, 2019.  The fire has grown to an estimated 500 acres with approximately 100 personnel assigned.  Resources include one […]

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Cibola NF & National Grasslands – Magdalena Ranger District Plans Durfee-Bolander Prescribed Burn

MAGDALENA, NM, June 19, 2019– Fire managers from Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands are planning to conduct the Durfee-Bolander prescribed burn on the Magdalena Ranger District to begin on June 22, 2019 in the San Mateo Mountains, as conditions and favorable weather permit. Aerial and hand ignition will be used to treat up to […]

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NPS and BLM Conduct Prescribed Fire at El Malpais National Monument

The National Park Service at El Malpais National Monument and the Bureau of Land Management’s El Malpais National Conservation Area are conducting a prescribed fire on the west side of the national monument near the junction of County Road (CR) 42 and the Big Tubes turn-off. This prescribed burn is being called the Rendija Fire […]

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Cibola NF & National Grasslands – Magdalena Ranger District Postpone Baney Prescribed Burn

MAGDALENA, NM, May 19, 2019– Fire managers from Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands are postponing the Baney prescribed burn on the Magdalena Ranger District originally planned for this week, due to forecasted winds over the burn perimeter later today through the first of the week. Fire managers will look to reschedule the 5,000 acre […]

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Cibola NF & National Grasslands – Magdalena Ranger District Plan Baney Prescribed Burn

MAGDALENA, NM, May 15, 2019– Fire managers from Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands are planning to conduct the Baney prescribed burn on the Magdalena Ranger District to begin on May 18 – 25, 2019 in the  San Mateo Mountains, as conditions and favorable weather permit. Aerial and hand ignition will be used to treat […]

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National Park Service Plans Prescribed Fire at El Malpais National Monument

Grants, NM – The National Park Service at El Malpais National Monument and the Bureau of Land Management’s El Malpais National Conservation Area plan to conduct a prescribed fire on the west side of the monument near the junction of County Road 42 and the Big Tubes turn-off. The Rendija prescribed fire is approximately 1,500 […]

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Cibola NF & National Grasslands – Magdalena Ranger District – Hop/Patterson Canyon Prescribed Fire begins February 20, 2019

Magdalena, NM, February 19, 2019 – Fire Managers at Cibola National Forest will begin a prescribed fire on the Magdalena Ranger District tomorrow, February 20, 2019. This planned ignition will be conducted under specific conditions to restore the fire dependent ecosystem.  This pile burn will promote forest health in many ways by reducing forest fuels, […]

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