NM Wildfire | Bear Trap Fire | 1

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.

(c) 2022 NW Fire Blog

NM Wildfire | Pine Park Fire | 1

UPDATE 1 – Friday, April 22, 2022

A new wildfire designated as the PINE PARK FIRE is burning in the Magdalena Ranger District of the Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands, which started yesterday around 1400 hours. It is also said to be located in the Datil Mountains in New Mexico.

The Incident Commander is Elias Mora with the Magdalena Ranger District.

About 31 acres of pine, pinyon-juniper, and grass have burned and there is a 50% containment status reached at the time of this update.

A total of 65 fire personnel are currently engaged on the fire line with the primary focus on full suppression and containment efforts.

The cause of this fire is unknown and under investigation.

A HIGH WIND WARNING is in effect until Saturday, April 23, 2022.

(c) 2022 NW Fire Blog

New Mexico Wildfire | Pepper Spring Fire | 1

CAMP WEHINAHPAY, New Mex. – A small wildfire is burning in Pepper Canyon, .5 mile south of Camp Wehinahpay, New Mexico on the Sacramento Ranger District in the Lincoln National Forest.

The fire was detected on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 around 1600 hours MST.


There are currently three engines and one Interagency hotshot crew assigned with a total of 35 fire personnel.


Fire is burning in brush and dead standing trees.  It was ignited by lightning and crews have been successful in limited the rate of spread for this fire, holding it at three acres.

The fire is burning in the old scar  of the Scott Able Fire.

Behavior is very low intensity, creeping along the ground and burning dead and down logs as well as debris.   Rain fell over the fire ground and more is in the forecast in the upcoming days.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2110 hours PDT