Firing Operations Continue on West Side of SFNF

SANTA FE, NM – Sept. 23, 2017 – For Immediate Release.  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) continue to manage the lightning-caused Ojitos Fire on the Coyote Ranger District and the Deer Creek Fire on the Jemez Ranger District by using low-intensity fire on the ground to achieve multiple resource benefits. The […]

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Palmer Fire Update – Pecos/Las Vegas District, Santa Fe NF

SANTA FE, NM – Sept. 23, 2017 – For Immediate Release.  Fire staff continue to actively manage the Palmer Fire on Rowe Mesa, approximately 8 miles southeast of Rowe, NM.  This lightning-caused fire, detected Sept. 12, is providing an excellent opportunity for fire managers to achieve multiple resource benefits. Yesterday, weather conditions were favorable to […]

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Update on Four Lightning-Caused Fires on Pecos/Las Vegas District

SANTA FE, NM – Sept. 22, 2017 – For Immediate Release.  Fire personnel on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District are currently handling four fires that were ignited by lightning strikes.  Depending on the location, conditions on the ground and forest management objectives, the District’s fire managers are responding with the appropriate strategy. Palmer Fire: Fire […]

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SFNF Crews Continue Work on West Side Fires

SFNF Crews Continue Work on West Side Fires SANTA FE, NM – Sept. 22, 2017 – For Immediate Release. Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) continue to manage the lightning-caused Ojitos Fire on the Coyote Ranger District and the Deer Creek Fire on the Jemez Ranger District by using low-intensity fire on […]

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Deer Creek Fire on Jemez Ranger District to be Managed for Resource Benefit

Deer Creek Fire on Jemez Ranger District to be Managed for Resource Benefit SANTA FE, NM – Sept. 19, 2017 – For Immediate Release.  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to manage the lightning-caused Deer Creek Fire on Peggy Mesa by using low-intensity fire on the ground to achieve multiple resource […]

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Palmer Fire on Pecos Ranger District to be Managed for Resource Benefit

Palmer Fire on Pecos Ranger District to be Managed for Resource Benefit SANTA FE, NM – Sept. 19, 2017 – For Immediate Release.  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to manage the lightning-caused Palmer Fire on Rowe Mesa by using low-intensity fire on the ground to achieve multiple resource benefits, including […]

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Smoke Visible from Three Fires on SFNF

SANTA FE, NM – Sept. 16, 2017 – For Immediate Release. Three lightning-caused fires on the Santa Fe National Forest are putting up visible smoke today as crews keep an eye on the Beaver Creek, Deer Creek and Ojitos Fires. The Ojitos Fire on the Coyote Ranger District started on July 7 in a 90,000-acre […]

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Beaver Creek Fire Update Sept. 12, 2017 Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest

Reported: Members of the public reported seeing smoke on Sept. 10, 2017, and the Barillas Fire Lookout Tower confirmed smoke and an approximate location on Sept. 11. Cause: Unconfirmed, but lightning is the most probable cause. Size: Estimated at 1-2 acres. Location: On the southeastern edge of the Pecos Wilderness on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger […]

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Prescribed burns planned for Lincoln County in late September

Beginning in late September, the Bureau of Land Management will be conducting prescribed burn operations north of the town of Lincoln. The burn unit includes 13 acres of cut and piled piñon and juniper located on the north side of the Rio Bonito in Tract 3 of the Rio Bonito Acquired Lands, adjacent to Lincoln. […]

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Haze and smoky conditions in southern NM likely due to fires in the Pacific Northwest, Idaho and Montana

Current information about smoke:  Latest smoke info in google earth format Example of product is shown below (screen capture image for 9/7/17): Lincoln National Forest offices have been fielding calls over the past few days regarding smoke/haze in the area.  There are no wildfires on the Lincoln National Forest, and the last day of prescribed […]

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Borrego Fire Update: Sept. 5, 2017

Start Date: Sept. 4, 2017 Cause: Lightning Size: Approximately 12 acres Location: Borrego Mesa on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest, approximately 3 miles southeast of Ponderosa and approximately 1 mile north of the northern boundary of Zia Pueblo tribal lands Vegetation:  Ponderosa pine, piñon and juniper Current Situation: The lightning-caused […]

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Labor Day Fire – Socorro County – 9/2/17, 7:30 p.m.

SANTA FE, NM – The Labor Day Fire near Bernardo, NM in Socorro County is 90% contained. The 57.5 acre fire is burning in the bosque Northeast of the Bernardo Wildlife Area. No structures are threatened. Firefighters will continue to mop up and monitor for hot spots. Highway 60 is open.

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Labor Day Fire – Socorro County – 11:30 a.m, 09/02/17

SANTA FE, NM – The Labor Day Fire near Bernardo, NM in Socorro County is now 50% contained. The fire is burning Northeast of the Bernardo Wildlife Area and estimated at 57.5 acres after GPS mapping. No structures are threatened and highway 60 is open. Photo courtesy: Bernalillo Sheriff’s Office Metro 2

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Labor Day Fire – Socorro County – 8:45 p.m., 09/01/17

SANTA FE, NM – The Labor Day Fire near Bernardo, NM in Socorro County is estimated at 50 acres and 30% contained. Highway 60 has reopened to traffic at reduced speed because of fire equipment. The New Mexico Boys Ranch and other structures near the fire are no longer threatened. Multiple agencies are working this […]

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Labor Day Fire – Socorro County – 4:30 p.m, 09/01/17

SANTA FE – The New Mexico State Forestry Division has a report of a new fire start near Bernardo, NM, in Socorro County.  The “Labor Day Fire” is estimated at 25-30 acres Northeast of the Bernardo Wildlife Area and burning on both sides of Highway 60 on private land in the bosque.  It is threatening […]

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SFNF Crews Continue to Monitor, Manage Ojitos Fire

SANTA FE, NM – Aug. 29, 2017 – For Immediate Release.  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) continue to monitor the lightning-caused Ojitos Fire on the Coyote Ranger District, taking advantage of favorable windows to use low-intensity fire on the ground to achieve multiple resource benefits. Since July 7 when lightning struck […]

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Ojitos Fire on SFNF Provides Opportunity to Use Fire for Resource Benefit

SANTA FE, NM – Aug. 16, 2017 – For Immediate Release.  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) continue to monitor the lightning-caused Ojitos Fire on the Coyote Ranger District with a focus on using low-intensity fire on the ground to achieve multiple resource benefits. The 330-acre Ojitos Fire is on the boundary […]

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Smokey Bear Celebrates 73 Years Today

New Mexico is the home of Smokey Bear and we want to wish him a happy birthday! Check out the true story of Smokey and the history of the fire prevention campaign. You can visit the Smokey Bear Historical Park in Capitan, NM to learn more!  

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Santa Fe NF Declares Cow Fire Out

SANTA FE, NM – August 7, 2017 – For Immediate Release.  Fire managers on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest called the lightning-caused Cow Fire out today at noon. The fire started on July 18th in slash and dead and down timber within the burn scar of the 2000 Viveash […]

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1860 Fire is 100 Percent Contained

Fire managers have been monitoring the lightning-caused 1860 Fire since it started on July 18. As of August 3, the fire had slowly increased to 80 acres. After a large rainfall event over the fire area on July 30th, a decision was made to suppress the fire.  Full suppression began on Tuesday, August 1st and […]

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