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Santa Fe County Seeking Input on Community Wildfire Protection Plan Update

The Santa Fe County Fire Department is developing a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) update and is looking for your input.  Due to restrictions on public gatherings as a result of Covid-19, the County has chosen to use an interactive website, or story map, as the primary tool to share information and gather input for […]

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NM Wildland Urban Virtual Fire Summit – Call for Presentations

The New Mexico Wildland Urban Fire Virtual Summit planning committee is soliciting presentations for the upcoming summit to be held October 22-23, 2020. This year’s theme is “All Lands, All Neighbors (for wildfire resilience.” If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please email awebb@nmcounties.org for more information on how to submit a proposal.  The […]

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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 Fire will Transition to Type 4 Incident Tomorrow

Mountainair, NM – For Immediate Release – Moderate winds tested the fire once again yesterday. It remains at 180 acres, and containment has increased to 59%. Today, the Albuquerque Zone Type 3 Incident Management Team will prepare to transition command of the Ojo de los Casos Fire back to the jurisdictional agencies, which include the […]

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Winds test Ojo de los Casos Fire lines

Mountainair, NM – For Immediate Release – Strong wind gusts yesterday tested fire lines constructed by fire crews over the past five days. Fire lines withstood the test, and the Ojo de los Casos fire is still at 180 acres and is now 50% contained. There is a 30% chance of rain expected today along […]

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Ojo de los Casos Crews Assist in Mutual Aid Fire

Mountainair, NM – For Immediate Release – Great progress is still being made in containing the Ojo de los Casos Fire.  The fire, burning on the Mountainair Ranger District of the Cibola National Forest and private lands protected by New Mexico State Forestry, remains at 180 acres and is 38% contained. Yesterday firefighters continued fireline […]

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How a “dirty burn” affects wildfire containment percentage

Wildfire perimeters aren’t always easy to define. When drawn on a public map, they are often depicted as one simple line to describe the outermost bounds of the area that is burning. However, fire may not burn evenly throughout the interior of that fire, so things might look quite different on the ground. The reasons […]

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Ojo de los Casos Fire 10% Contained

Mountainair, NM – For Immediate Release – Firefighters continue to make progress in their work to contain the Ojo de los Casos Fire that has been active over the past couple of days. The fire, burning on the Mountainair Ranger District of the Cibola National Forest has reached 180 acres and is 10% contained. Containment […]

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Ojo de Los Casos Fire Burning Near Dog Head Fire Scar

Mountainair, NM – For Immediate Release – The Ojo de los Casos Fire started on the Mountainair Ranger District of the Cibola National Forest on Wednesday July 8, 2020 around 6:00 pm. It is located in Torrance County, roughly 7 miles southwest of the village of Chilili. Firefighters quickly responded with air support (water, fire […]

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Cibola NF & National Grasslands – Vics Peak Fire Containment Increases

Magdalena, NM – For Immediate Release – The lightning-caused Vics Peak Fire, burning on the Magdalena Ranger District, Cibola National Forest since June 15, has grown to 11,713 acres, with 98 personnel assigned. A local district fire management team will begin today managing the Vics Peak Fire. The chance for moderate fire weather conditions will continue […]

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Observe Firework Restrictions to Prevent Wildfires

As you celebrate this Independence Day, remember that fireworks are prohibited on all federal lands and many other jurisdictions in New Mexico. Check with your local fire department and at firerestrictions.us/nm.   With the dry conditions we’re experiencing, it only takes one spark for the entire holiday to go up in smoke! #PreventWildfires #NMFire #RecreateResponsibly

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Elevated Fire Weather May Increase Activity on Vics Peak Fire Today

Magdalena, NM – For Immediate Release – The lightning-caused Vics Peak Fire, burning on the Magdalena Ranger District of the Cibola National Forest since June 15, has grown to 8,072 acres, with 165 personnel assigned. Dry thunderstorm activity will continue today over the fire area. Outflow drafts from these storms could cause gusty and erratic […]

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Suppression Strategy on Vics Peak Fire Focused on Safety

Magdalena, NM – For Immediate Release – The lightning-caused Vics Peak Fire, burning on the Magdalena Ranger District of the Cibola National Forest since June 15, has grown to an estimated 6,729 acres, with 121 personnel assigned. The slight decrease in acreage from yesterday is due to improved mapping. Yesterday, the fire received gusty winds […]

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Fire Restrictions Still In Effect in NM, June 22, 2020

As you plan your summer activities, Know Before You Go and check for specific fire restrictions for the area you plan to visit on FireRestrictions.us/nm. Campfires are restricted but there are fun alternatives you can check out. Today, the BLM issued a press release nationally asking for everyone’s help in the prevention of wildfires.  Whether […]

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What is a Red Flag Warning?

This week’s Wildfire Wednesdays from FACNM discusses Red Flag Warnings and how to find out when one is in effect.  Remember that while these are special National Weather Service designations indicating weather conditions with potential for extreme burning, almost any given day in NM can be hot, dry and windy, so always be cautious with […]

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