Lightning Sparks Aragon Fire In Cuba Ranger District

SFNF News:

Lightning sparked a fire today in the Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest

Start Date: July 13

Cause: Lightning

Size: 5 acres

Location: Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest

Containment: 0 percent

Fuel: Ponderosa Pine

Weather: Cloudy with thunderstorms and lightning

Resources: seven personnel on UTVs

Situation: The fire is in a remote location East of Gallina Peak and West of the Rio Chama Wilderness in the Aragon Spring Area. The fire received precipitation. Personnel scouted for containment lines and will continue through the weekend. Resources were pulled mid-afternoon for safety concerns due to thunderstorm activity. Fire crewmembers will monitor the fire over the weekend. Heavy rains are forecasted.  Smoke may be visible from 112 south of El Vado Dam.

Smoke/Air Quality: Smoke impact to local communities at this time is low, however, smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory or heart disease should be prepared to exercise precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health’s website at For information on the HEPA filter loan program, go to

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

For more information, contact the Cuba Ranger District at 575 289.3264.

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