Fire crews on the lightning-caused Commissary Fire on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District successfully completed firing operations with hang ignitions on 200 acres as part of a strategy to manage the fire for resource objectives.
Resource objectives on the Commissary Fire include improving wildlife and range habitat, encouraging regeneration of aspen and improving watershed and overall forest health. Firing operations will continue with a goal of accomplishing approximately 200 acres more, including firing along Forest Road 66G and the southeastern boundary of the planned area.
Air ventilation conditions remain good; however, gusty and erratic winds may accompany predicted thunderstorms. As fire activity increases, smoke will be visible from I-25 and surrounding communities. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems are encouraged to take precautionary measures.
Start Date: June 5, 2015
Percent Contained: 0
Size: 700 acres
Growth Potential: Moderate
Vegetation: Ponderosa pine, aspen, mixed conifer, grass and brush
Road Advisories: Public traffic is highly discouraged on Forest Roads 83 and 66 due to heavy firefighter traffic and narrow road conditions. Caution is also advised while driving from lower Colonias north on Forest Road 83.
Weather: Partly cloudy with a 70 percent chance of precipitation throughout the day.
Updates will be available on the New Mexico Fire Information website here
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. Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found online at the New Mexico Environment Department’s website