Wildfire Breaks Out in the Jemez

An uncommon event this time of the year, a wildfire has broken out in the Jemez.

First reported today at 12:27 p.m., the wildfire, now named the Guadalupe Fire, broke out near Forest Road 376 on the Jemez Ranger District, consuming about 2 to 3 acres so far. The cause of the fire is as yet unknown and it is mostly burning through logging slash and pre-made piles.

The fire is producing heavy smoke which is which visible as far south as Rio Rancho, and starts to loom as an alarming site for travelers approaching the Jemez along U.S. Highway 550.

Travelers along FR 376 need to keep an eye out for fire personnel and equipment in the area.

Santa Fe National Forest reports that the resources dispatched to the fire include three engines with one currently on-scene.  A 10-person hand crew is ordered from Santa Fe known as the “Returning Heroes”.  A Type 3 helicopter is ordered out of Fenton Hill and will use Fenton Lake to acquire water for the fire.  Those recreating on and around Fenton Lake should be mindful of the activity.

Once air quality can be determined, results will be posted online at the New Mexico Department of Health’s website:  https://nmtracking.org/fire.

Fire Information:  Fire updates will be posted on the New Mexico Fire Information website at nmfireinfo.com and on @SantaFeNF and www.facebook.com/SantaFeNF.  For more information, contact Santa Fe National Forest Public Affairs Officer, Bruce Hill at (505) 438-5320, or email brucehill@fs.fed.us.

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