WILDFIRES IN NEW MEXICO
BONITA FIRE – 17 miles NE of Canjilon
Community Meeting will be held on Monday, June 19, 2017, @ 1800 hours at the Vallecitos Volunteer Fire Station.
The Bonita Fire started on June 3, 2017, ignited by lightning has destroyed 5,400 acres of timber, brush and short grass. There is active fire behavior with short-range spotting, short crown runs and flanking. About 200 personnel are assigned to this incident along with 5 crews, 10 engines and 2 helicopters.
The fire has been contained at 25% containment. Fire suppression and containment costs have reached $1.2 Million.^
There has been over 1,367 acres in the Santa Fe National Forest and a total of $1.4 Million cost-to-date suppression costs in a 4-day period!
CAJETE FIRE – 8 miles NE of Jemez Springs
The Cajete Fire started from an unattended camp fire on the Santa Fe National Forest . The fire is active with flanking, torching and spotting.
There has been 1,400 acres of medium logging slash consumed but fire crews have reached a 55% containment status.
There are 323 personnel with 8 crews, 9 engines and 4 helicopters.
Structures are being threatened. ^
The Cajete Fire prompted Fire Officials to implement a Stage 1 Fire Restrictions on the Santa Fe National Forest due to record numbers of abandoned campfires and the unprecedent number of wildfires.
ENCINO FIRE – Intersection of King Blvd and Encino Road, S of De Norte Gun Club
A wildfire reported in the Northwestern Rio Rancho and Southern Sandoval County was said to be have started by an unknown cause on Sunday, June 18, 2017.
Resources included 7 heavy air tankers, 1 VLAT from New Mexico’s State Forestry Division along with the Sandoval FD, Rio Rancho FD and Bernalillo Sheriff’s Office (helicopter crew) were attached to this incident.
The fire has burned 2,100 acres and has a 0% containment status. Structures are currently not under threat. It is said to be burning in a rural portion of the area.
The cause is unknown at this time but is under investigation.^
More and more abandoned campfires are being found as the leading cause of wildfires in New Mexico as fire conditions are becoming more-than-perfect for a future Firestorm.
MONUMENT FIRE – 8 miles SW of Weed and 4 miles NE of Timberon
Lightning struck the area causing the Monument Fire to ignite on the Sacramento District that was detected on June 2, 2017, around 1741 hours PDT.
The fire is also burning along the Sacramento Mountains ridge line.
The fire has burned 115 acres but the fire has been contained to 20%. Smoke is visible at night from Sacramento, Weed and Timberon and settling into drainage. Firefighters have successfully contained the wildfire to 20%. They will continue to focus on strengthening containment lines as well as securing interior fuels.
There are 34 firefighters, alongside of 5 Forest Service engines, 1 BLM engine and 1 bulldozer.^
It has been since the 1950’s when the Circle Cross Fire burned in this area on the Sacramento Range District.
ROUND FIRE – 23 miles NW of Mimbres
The fire was ignited by lightning on the Gila National Forest in the Aldo Leopola Wilderness and 16 miles West of Winston on June 6, 2017, @ 1600 hours.
The fire has consumed up to 4,304 acres of timber and short grass. There are 103 personnel assigned to this fire.
Currently, fire behavior is low to moderate with flanking, torching, backing and creeping. ^
(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – 6/18/2017 @ 1945 Hours PDT