SANTA FE – The lightning caused Pino Fire on the Santa Fe National Forest’s Jemez Ranger District south of Forest Road 270BC and six miles east of Jemez Springs, continues to be managed for resource benefit.
Firefighting personnel yesterday reported very little precipitation, which resulted in more fire activity increasing the size to 30 acres. Personnel continued scouting the area and collecting fuels moisture data samples to help in planning.
Weather patterns for the next few days may include more precipitation over the fire area as partly cloudy skies with scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible.
Fires managed for resource benefit are managed for multiple objectives such as fuel reduction and nutrient recycling. Weather conditions, predicted fire behavior and resource availability parameters must also be met. The fire will be allowed to burn naturally and will be aided selectively with hand ignitions.
Smoke will be visible from surrounding communities and will tend to settle in the community of Ponderosa at night but is expected to lift as day time temperatures increase.