Published Monday, May 2, 2022

A wildfire broke out yesterday May 1, 2022, where fire resources and assets were dispatched via the Albuquerque (NM) to the area of Bear Trap Canyon in the San Mateo Mountains of the Magdalena Ranger District in the Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands. It is just west of Mount Withington, south of US-60 in the western portion of New Mexico.

Photo Credit: S. Matt Counts, Cibola NF, NGs Air Attack

Currently, the fire has scorched 1,209 acres of pine, pinyon-juniper, and grass. There is no containment at this time.

Fire behavior is moderate with isolated torching.

Resources include Firefighters from the Cibola National Forest, BLM, are on scene with 6 Type 6 Engines, 3 Type 2 Handcrew, 1 Type 2 Module, Type 2 & Type 3 Helicopters, Overhead, Air Tankers, Water Tenders, and Retardant Drops.

The Incident Commander is Ken Watkins Magdalena RD FMO.

There are no threats to any structures and there are no current evacuations in effect at the time of this post.

The cause is unknown and under investigation. However, fire officials have deemed the point of origin about three miles northwest of Datil.

Photo Credit:  S. Matt Counts, Cibola NF & NGs Air Attack

Firefighters will continue with their full suppression objectives.

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