UPDATE: The Venado FIre on the Jemez Ranger District has grown to 50 acres. Due to fire behavior, Forest Road (FR) 376 is closed from Gilman Tunnels to the intersection of FR 488 and FR 376. Area day trip visitors are being notified by USDA Forest Service law enforcement to leave the area. One heavy air tanker is inbound, 1 helicopter with bucket is inbound with one on order, 1 single engine air tanker is inbound with 3 more on order, an additional hot shot crew is inbound, and 1 dozer is inbound. The fire is in a remote location on Mesa Venado and in an adjacent drainage area, 1 mile and a half north of Deer Creek Landing, and three quarters of a mile east of Joaquin Mesa. The forest is inaccessible from the south end of FR 376, but is accessible from the north end of FR 376. Smoke is visible from I-25, Jemez, Santa Fe, and possibly as far south as Bernalillo.
Lightning sparked the Venado Fire Friday in the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest.
- Start Date: July 20
- Cause: Lightning
- Size: 20 acres
- Location: Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest
- Containment: 0 Percnet
- Fuel: Ponderosa Pine
- Weather: Light winds, clear skies
- Resources on scene: 2 engines, 2 utility vehicles, 20-person Santa Fe Hotshot crew, 20-person Aravaipa crew.
Situation: The fire is in a remote location on Mesa Venado and in an adjacent drainage area, 1 mile and a half north of Deer Creek Landing, and three quarters of a mile east of Joaquin Mesa. One helicopter is enroute for bucket work. On order: 2 heavy air tankers, 1 helicopter with bucket. Smoke may be visible from I-25, Jemez, and possibly as far south as Bernalillo.
Smoke/Air Quality: Smoke impact to local communities at this time is low, however, 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 https://nmtracking.org/fire. For information on the HEPA filter loan program, go to http://www.santafefireshed.org/hepa-filter-loan-program/.