By Julie Anne Overton
SANTA FE NATIONAL FOREST
The smoke as seen last Tuesday, the day the fire started. Since then there has been some heavy rain in parts of the Jemez Valley, but apparently it did not drench the area, Peggy Mesa, where this low intensity fire continous to smolder.
Update on the Update: Smoke has increased, with impacts expected in Gilman and Jemez Pueblo. Flame lengths of 1-2 feet are evident. Afternoon and evening higher humidities continue to moderate the fire activity. The fire is being monitored with daily patrols.
Start Date: July 18, 2017
Size: Approximately 11 acres
Location: On the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest, the fire is located on Peggy Mesa approximately 2 miles northwest of Gilman Tunnels.
Vegetation: The fire is burning in piñon pines, juniper, ponderosa pine, and oak scrub brush.
Current Situation: A lightning strike ignited a single standing dead tree (snag) that spread the fire into surrounding slash and nearby dead and down timber. The low-intensity fire is creeping and smoldering. The fire is in monitor status.
Smoke/Air Quality: Smoke may be visible from the US Route 550, and NM Hwy 4 at Jemez Pueblo. It is not generating a lot of smoke or affecting many communities. Individuals sensitive to smoke, as well as those with respiratory or heart disease, are reminded to take precautionary measures. Air quality information and health protection measures are available online at the New Mexico Department of Health’s website: https://nmtracking.org/fire.
Fire Information: Fire updates are posted on the New Mexico Fire Information website at nmfireinfo.com and on @SantaFeNF and www.facebook.com/SantaFeNF. Additional information can be obtained from the Jemez Ranger District at 575-829-3535.