SFNF: Cuervito Fire Update May 25, 2021

SFNF News:

The Santa Fe National Forest reports that areas that received rain are beginning to dry out around the Cuervito Fire 9 miles east of Pecos and 3 miles southwest of the Barillas Lookout on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District.

As the fire moves through unburned interior pockets of fuel, fire managers are seeing an increase in smoke production during the day.

Firefighters continued to secure the fire edge along the southern perimeter and monitor the interior.

Start date: May 9, 2021

Cause: Lightning

Location: 9 miles east of Pecos and 3 miles southwest of the Barillas Lookout on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF)

Size: 1,621 acres after implementing management strategy to add low- to moderate-intensity fire to the ground to achieve resource benefit and reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire in the future. 

Resources: 1 hotshot crew, 1 type 2 hand crew and 4 engines

Fuels: Ponderosa pine, piñon-juniper, Douglas fir and oak brush

Weather: The forecasted weather for tonight is partly cloudy with temperatures ranging between 41 and 45 degrees and southwest winds are expected at 7 to 11 mph.

Values at risk: Private property nearby

Smoke: Smoke management is a key part of the planning and implementation of managed wildfire. Smoke from the Cuervito Fire may impact Santa Fe, Pecos, Las Vegas, Rowe, Glorieta, La Cueva, North and South San Ysidro, Ilfeld, San Jose, San Juan, Tecolote, Soham, Ribera, Serafina, Bernal, Anton Chico, Mineral Hill, San Geronimo and Pablo as well as the I-25 from the Caja Fire is likely to be visible from Santa Fe to Los Alamos and along the I-25 corridor and the 599 Bypass, mingling with smoke from the Medio Fire and multiple fires burning in adjacent states. An interactive smoke map at https://fire.airnow.gov/ allows you to zoom into the Santa Fe area to see the latest smoke information.

Safety: The health and safety of firefighters and the public are always the first priority. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems 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 (NMDOH) Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) website at https://nmtracking.org/fire.

Fire updates will be posted on the SFNF website, New Mexico Fire Information website and on the Santa Fe National Forest Facebook page and Twitter @SantafeNF.

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