Lightning sparked the Venado Fire that began Friday in the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest, which has now consumed 450 acres of Ponderosa Pine.
Start Date: July 20
Size: 450 acres
Location: Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest
Containment: 0 Percent
Fuel: Ponderosa Pine
Weather: Light winds, clear skies
Resources on scene: Three hotshot crews, one helicopter with bucket, one dozer, two engines
Situation: The fire is in a remote location on Mesa Venado and in an adjacent drainage area, one 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 Bernalillo. Due to fire behavior, Forest Road (FR) 376 is closed from Gilman Tunnels to Porter landing. Area day trip visitors are being notified by USDA Forest Service law enforcement to leave the area. Hotshot crews established control lines overnight and will continue to prep areas as needed.
Smoke/Air Quality: Because of location and elevation, smoke from the Venado Fire is visible from all directions coming into the Jemez Mountains area. Smoke is expected to linger in neighboring communities including Gilman, Jemez Pueblo and areas near N.M. 4. Communities along US-550 including San Ysidro, Zia Pueblo, Bernalillo and Rio Rancho also will see smoke.
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 using the 5-3-1 visibility method can be found at the New Mexico Department of Health’s website https://nmtracking.org/fire or by calling 1.888.878.8992. For information on the HEPA filter loan program: https://www.santafefireshed.org/hepa-filter-loan-program/. Fire updates are posted on the New Mexico Fire Information website at www.nmfireinfo.com and on Twitter @SantaFeNF and www.facebook.com/SantaFeNF.