SFNF: Low- To Moderate-Intensity Flames From Cuervito Fire Continue Moving Through Available Fuel Near Pecos

SFNF News:

Low- to moderate-intensity flames are continuing to move through available fuel on the Cuervito Fire’s interior near Pecos, putting some smoke into the air.

Fire managers expect the smoke to taper off over the next few days. Firefighters continued securing the southern end of the Cuervito Fire and mopping up along the edges.

Higher temperatures and lower humidity is expected across the area with partly cloudy skies followed today by sunny weather. Winds tonight are from the west at 15 to 20 mph, shifting to the north after midnight. A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms could bring additional precipitation Friday afternoon.

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 Type 2 hand crew and 3 engines

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

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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