Jemez Springs — The lightning-caused San Antonio Fire on Valles Caldera National Preserve is now 75 percent contained and remains at 416 acres. There has been no significant growth, but interior hot spots are a concern. Crews will continue to mop up the hot spot within the mixed conifer and aspen.
After a fire, the first priority is emergency stabilization in order to prevent further damage to life, property or natural resources. The stabilization work begins immediately and may continue for up to a year. The longer-term rehabilitation effort to repair damage caused by the fire begins after the fire is out and continues for several years. Rehabilitation focuses on the lands unlikely to recover naturally from wildland fire damage.
Restrictions: The Valle Grande entrance station and bookstore will remain open to the public, and ranger-led tours and hikes will be offered in the park’s cabin district. All other access and activities have been suspended.
Closures: A temporary flight restriction is in effect over the fire area and remains in place until further notice. This restriction includes drones or unmanned aerial vehicles. Please remember that “If you fly, we can’t!” The public is reminded that Valles Caldera National Preserve and Santa Fe National Forest is still under Stage 3 Closure due to extreme fire danger, no public access is allowed.
Updates for the San Antonio Fire will be provided only when progress has been made on the containment or significant changes occur. For further information please contact Kimberly DeVall at 505.412.0826 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or email firstname.lastname@example.org.