Lightning Sparks Alamo Fire Near Bandelier

Type 1 helicopter on scene Wednesday at the Alamo Fire underway near Bandelier. Photo by Brian Nelson

SFNF News:

Lightning sparked a fire Wednesday in the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest:

  • Alamo Fire: May 24
  • Start Date: May 23
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Size: 15 acres

Location: Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest. Forest Road 289 near Bandelier Park.

Weather: Mostly sunny/winds 3-7, gusts to 10 mph.

Situation: Resources on scene include 3 engines and a 12-person hand crew, type 1 helicopter.

Smoke/Air Quality: Local communities may be impacted by smoke because of prevailing winds. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health’s website at

Fire Information: Fire updates are posted on the New Mexico Fire Information website at and on Twitter @SantaFeNF and