Lightning Sparks Bales Fire On Cuba Ranger District

SFNF News:

Lightning has sparked the Bales Fire on the Cuba Ranger District og the Santa Fe National Forest.

  • Start Date: Smoke reported Sept. 14
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Size: 14 acres
  • Location: Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest
  • Containment: 0 percent
  • Fuels: Mixed conifer, dead and down
  • Weather: Partly cloudy, winds out of southwest 5-10 mph
  • Resources: 50 personnel

Situation: The Bales Fire is in the Bales Canyon area along Forest Road 534 approximately two and one half miles southwest of the Chaparral Girl Scout Camp on the Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest. Fire activity is low to moderate. Suppression resources made good progress today establishing containment line around the fire perimeter. 

Heavy fuels continue to burn. Firefighters will continue to establish containment line as they directly suppress the fire. Resources on scene include one hot shot crew, one Santa Fe County hand crew, one Type 6 engine, one dozer, one Type 3 helicopter, one heavy air tanker, one water tender, and one fixed wing air attack aircraft.  Smoke may be visible from Hwy 550 and Cuba.

Smoke/Air Quality: Smoke impact is low.  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, on Twitter @SantaFeNF, and For more information, contact the Cuba Ranger District at 575.289.3264.

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