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Pile Burning in El Malpais National Monument

National Park Service Superintendent Mitzi Frank announced that the Four Winds Fire Group will be burning wood piles in El Malpais National Monument starting Tuesday, May 9. Burning may continue intermittently through June 30, 2017 as weather and fuel conditions permit. These wood piles are located along the west side of County Road 42 in […]

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Bandera Wildfire in El Malpais National Monument 50% Contained

For Immediate Release: April 25, 2017 Contact: Lisa Collins, 505-285-4641 ext. 18, lisa_collins@nps.gov Bandera Wildfire in El Malpais National Monument 50% Contained As of 9:00 am this morning, April 25, the Bandera Fire had grown to approximately 300 acres and is 50% contained. Rain and snow has been falling since approximately 8:30 am. The precipitation […]

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Firefighters Responding to Wildfire in El Malpais National Monument

For Immediate Release: April 24, 2017 Contact: Lisa Collins, 505-285-4641 ext. 18, lisa_collins@nps.gov Firefighters Responding to Wildfire in El Malpais National Monument The Bandera Fire was reported at approximately 10:50 am on April 24, 2017. The fire is located approximately 18 miles SW of Grants, NM in the northwest corner (this is a correction, previous update […]

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Valles Caldera Plans Spring Prescribed Burns

Jemez Springs, NM – Valles Caldera National Preserve is planning to implement prescribed burn projects that may begin should conditions allow over the next two months of April and May.  The prescribed burn will be within a 703-acre project area on Valles Caldera National Preserve, north of NM State Route 4 in the Banco Bonito […]

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Pile burning at El Morro National Monument

National Park Service Superintendent Mitzi Frank announced that the Four Winds Fire Group will be burning wood piles at El Morro National Monument starting Monday, January 23. Burning may continue intermittently through March 31, 2017 as weather and fuel conditions permit. These wood piles are located along Hwy 53 north of Inscription Rock. While weather […]

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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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Reward Offered for Information about Recent Theft of Firefighting Equipment

News Release Date: July 28, 2016 Contact: NPS Investigative Services Branch, Tip Line 888-653-0009 More Information: https://www.nps.gov/orgs/1563/theft-from-vall.htm Reward Offered for Information about Recent Theft of Firefighting Equipment Special Agents with the Investigative Services Branch (ISB) and US Park Rangers of Valles Caldera National Preserve are seeking information about the recent theft of crucial wildland firefighting equipment. Between 6:00 p.m. on July 23 […]

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Big Hat Fire Continues Benefiting Resources

Jemez Springs, NM — With the higher temperatures and drier weather, fire managers are diligently monitoring the low-intensity Big Hat Fire. Located in the southwest corner of the Valles Caldera National Preserve, the lightning-caused fire remains at 235 acres. The surface fire is slowly creeping within the established and reinforced perimeter. Fire officials are managing […]

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healthy mosaic of burned vegetation and green grass on the forest floor

Big Hat Fire Management Adapts To Warm, Dry Weather

Jemez Springs, NM — The Big Hat Fire management team is adapting to the warmer, drier weather affecting New Mexico. Located in the southwest corner of the Valles Caldera National Preserve, the lightning caused fire has reached 235 acres. Firefighters have been preparing for the warm, dry weather by reinforcing firelines to hold the fire within the […]

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Big Hat Fire To Become More Active With Drier Conditions

For Immediate Release: July 4, 2016 Contact: Kimberly DeVall, kimberly_devall@nps.gov, 575-829-4820, 505-412-0826 Big Hat Fire To Become More Active With Drier Conditions Jemez Springs, NM — With drier conditions, fire activity and smoke are expected to increase with the lightning caused Big Hat Fire, now at 200 acres. Fire managers will continue to take advantage […]

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Big Hat Fire Meeting Management Objectives

For Immediate Release:  July 1, 2016 Contact: Kimberly DeVall, kimberly_devall@nps.gov, 575-829-4820 Big Hat Fire Meeting Management Objectives Jemez Springs, NM — The lightning caused Big Hat Fire, now at 87 acres, is meeting management objectives to benefit resources within the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Fire managers will continue to take advantage of favorable conditions to burn out […]

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Lightning-Ignited Big Hat Fire Being Managed for Resource Objectives at Valles Caldera National Preserve

June 29 update: Fire Operations Increase on Managed Big Hat Fire Jemez Springs, NM —Fire management operations on the Big Hat fire will be taking advantage of favorable conditions to burn two sections of land that were originally planned to be burned this fall. As a result of the ignitions and burn out, increased smoke […]

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Cibola NF & National Grasslands’ – North Fire Grows to 12,495 Acres as Command Changes

Magdalena, NM; June 8, 2016 – After two weeks as Incident Commander, Mike Smith has transferred command of the North Fire to new Incident Commander Scott Schrenk. This transfer of command is routine during fires that are predicted to burn for a long period of time.  The fire on the Magdalena Ranger District is now […]

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Cibola NF & National Grasslands’ – The North Fire at 7,604 acres

Magdalena, NM; June 4, 2016 – The North Fire on the Magdalena Ranger District increased in size and is now approximately 7,604 acres. The lightning-caused fire is located in the San Mateo Mountains, 25 miles southwest of Magdalena, NM. The North Fire is being actively managed for multiple resource benefits. It is now 20% contained. […]

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Cibola NF & National Grasslands’ – The North Fire at 6,946 acres

Magdalena, NM; June 3, 2016 – The North Fire on the Magdalena Ranger District had minimal growth yesterday and is now approximately 6,946 acres. The lightning-caused fire is located in the San Mateo Mountains, 25 miles southwest of Magdalena, NM. The North Fire is being actively managed for multiple resource benefits. Firing operations continued on […]

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Cibola NF & National Grasslands’ – The North Fire at 6,767

Magdalena, NM; June 2, 2016 – The North Fire on the Magdalena Ranger District had minimal growth yesterday, and is now approximately 6,767 acres. The lightning-caused fire is located in the San Mateo Mountains, 25 miles southwest of Magdalena, NM. The North Fire is being actively managed for multiple resource benefits. Yesterday afternoon the North […]

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Coyote Fire: Fire crews assess and begin trail mitigation in the backcountry to prepare for reopening

COYOTE FIRE UPDATE NPS Photo/ Richard Haas Wednesday 06/1/2016 – 1600 Fire crews assess and begin trail mitigation in the backcountry to prepare for reopening Acres: 14,442 Start Date: May 7, 2016 Cause: Lightning Location: 46 miles SW of Carlsbad, NM Containment: 50% Fuels/Topography: Timber/grass/chaparral, rugged terrain Total personnel: 30 Fire crews continue to monitor […]

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Cibola NF & National Grasslands’ – The North Fire Grew to 6,581 acres

Magdalena, NM; June 1, 2016 – The North Fire on the Magdalena Ranger District grew in size yesterday, and is now approximately 6,581 acres. The lightning-caused fire is located in the San Mateo Mountains, 25 miles southwest of Magdalena, NM. The North Fire is being actively managed for multiple resource benefits. Yesterday afternoon the North […]

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Cibola NF & National Grasslands’ – North Fire at 5,295 acres

Magdalena, NM; May 31, 2016 – The North Fire on the Magdalena Ranger District had minimal fire spread yesterday, and is now approximately 5,295 acres. The lightning-caused fire is located in the San Mateo Mountains, 5 miles east of Grassy Lookout and 25 miles southwest of Magdalena, NM.   The North Fire is being actively managed […]

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Cibola NF & National Grasslands’ – The North Fire at 4,548 acres

Magdalena, NM; May 30, 2016 – The 4, 548 acre North Fire on the Magdalena Ranger District had minimal fire spread yesterday. The lightning-caused fire is located in the San Mateo Mountains, 5 miles east of Grassy Lookout and 25 miles southwest of Magdalena, NM.   This lightning-caused fire is being actively managed for multiple resource benefits. […]

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