SIT REP 1 | APRIL 25, 2021 | 1930 PT

A wildfire is burning five miles northwest of Las Vegas, Nevada, near Highway 65 near the Peterson Reservoir (Miguel County), New Mexico. The fire ignited on April 23, 2021 around 1330 MT on private and state lands.

The fire has burned approximately 30 acres of brush and timber and is now 70% contained. Was burning on both sides of Highway 65.

Credit: Red Cross

Structures were under threat prompting evacuations but are no longer in effect.

Firefighters continue to work towards their full containment fire objectives, which include mopping up hot spots.

The cause is unknown and under investigation.

Incident cooperators include: NM Department of Forestry, Red Cross NM, San Miguel Office of Emergency Management, Miguel County Sheriff’s Office, Mayor Louie Trujillo.

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NM Wildfires | 140 and Rio Fires | 2

UPDATE 2 | APRIL 11, 2021 | 1540 hours PT


Incident Summary: Two wildfires are burning in the Abiquiu area in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico. Both of them were reported on Saturday at 1400 hours. Resources from the NM Department of Forestry and from the Rio Arriba County Fire and Sheriff’s Office.

140 FIRE: Located in the Rio Chama bosque off of US County Road 140. Fire is about 2-4 acres in size. 30% containment status reached. It has burned 1 garage, 1 well house and damaged 2 residential structures. Evacuations have been lifted. Cause is still unknown for this wildfire.

RIO FIRE: The RIO FIRE is located off of US Highway 84. fire has burned about 40 acres. 50% containment has been reached. The cause of this fire is due to ditch burning on private property. No structures were burned or damaged. All evacuation orders have been lifted. Burned both sides of the Rio Chama Bosque.

Resources for both fires were deployed from the Santa Fe Interagency Dispatch Center today at 1718 and 1722 hours.

No reports of injuries to firefighters or civilians have been reported.

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Incident Summary – A wildfire ignited by lightning started on the El Rito Ranger District that started approximately at 1730 hours on June 3, 2017.   This fire is located in Bonita Canyon and about 3 miles North of Canon Plaza, New Mexico.

There has been 5,000 acres destroyed.  A 50% containment status has been reached.

Fire Fuels – The fire is burning in Ponderosa pine, grass understory, pinyon pine/juniper, and mixed conifer at higher elevations.

Fire Behavior – There is active fire behavior with short crown runs, long-range spotting and group torching.

Resources – Resources include 166 personnel along 4 crews, 4 engines and 2 helicopters.  An IMT 2 is assigned to this incident.

Cost-To-Date – Fire suppression and containment costs-to-date have reached $1 Million.

Social Media – Hashtags being used are #NMwildfires2017 #BonitaFire

Fire Photography – Courtesy of Inciweb.

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#Kerr Fire Cooling Its Heels | 1

Fire Incident Summary | The Kerr Fire located 17 miles NE of Reserve, New Mexico started on May 1, 2017.  Lightning ignited ponderosa pine, gamble oak and pinyon/juniper.

Acreage | Currently, the wildfire has scorched 2,765 acres.

Staffing | 45 personnel are assigned to this incident.

Equipment / Resources | There are currently 3 engines, 1 Type-1 crew and 1 Type-3 helicopter.

Fire Behavior | There has been minimal fire behavior since Saturday.

Containment Status | Fire crews have reached a 17% containment status.

Planned Activities | Crews are continuing to ignite unburned pockets on the interior and continue to let the fire burn naturally.  Most heavy fuels have been already burned off.

Fire Images | Courtesy of Inciweb

Social Media | The hashtags for this fire we are using are #KerrFire #NMWildfires2017 #NM

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Lightning Strikes, Wildfire Ignites | 1

Incident Summary |  Lightning struck the area on John Kerr Peak, about 17 miles NW of the Reserve Catron County on May 1, 2017.  The Kerr Fire is actively burning in the Reserve Ranger District in the Gila National Forest in New Mexico.

Fire Fuels | Ponderosa pine, gamble oak and pinyon-juniper.

Acreage | 550 acres.  0% containment status.

Command | IC-4 unit currently.  An IC-3 unit will arrive and take command on Friday, May 5, 2017, at 0600 hours.

photo of fire showing backing behavior

Resources | 3 engines. 26 personnel.

Current Fire Status | Expect fire to continue to grow to north and east as burning operations proceed on FR 289. Expecting 100-200 acre of growth. Tomorrow, aerial ignition will begin in the interior, and expecting more growth.

Fire behavior is moderate with creeping and single tree torching.

Assets Threatened | The Continental Divide trail (Located East of the fire), Range improvement infrastructure and the Spotted Owl.Fire Activities | Monitor fire spread and behavior. Prep and burn out FR 289 as needed and begin aerial ignition in the interior of the management area.

Fire Image | Courtesy of Inciweb.

Social Media | Hashtags #NMwildfire2017  #KerrFire

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