Santa Fe National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Santa Fe, NM 87508
Start Date: July 20
The lightning-caused Venado Fire is burning in a remote location on Mesa Venado and an adjacent drainage area, 1.5 miles north of Deer Creek Landing and 6.5 miles west of Jemez Spring, NM.
The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) issued a formal closure order for the Venado Fire area, including Forest Roads 376 and 588 in their entirety. The closure order, including a map of the restricted area, is posted at on the SFNF website under Alerts and Notices. The Venado Fire temporary closure order will remain in place until lifted by the SFNF.
Public and firefighter safety is the number one priority. Values at risk include numerous archaeological and cultural heritage sites, Jemez Pueblo Trust lands and critical habitat for the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse and the Mexican spotted owl.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Friday July 20th, 2018 approx. 07:19 PM|
|Location||6.5 miles west of Jemez Springs, 34 miles northwest of Bernalillo|
|Incident Commander||Steve Millert, SW Area Incident Management Team 4|
|Coordinates||35.771 latitude, -106.803 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||30%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Wednesday August 08th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM|
Timber (litter and understory), heavy thinning slash
12 hr: limited spread expected as wet thunderstorms continue to raise humidity in fire area. Heavy fuels continue to hold heat and consume.
24 hr: Increased activity along western edge as area dries from precipitation and increases in temperatures. Spread to west and north through natural fuel bed and treatment units.
48 hr: increased activity along western edge as area dries. Spread to west and north through natural fuel bed and treatment units.
72 hr: Limited spread expected as wet thunderstorms continue to raise humidity in fire area. Heavy fuels continue to hold heat and consume.
Hold dozer line on the north side of the fire. Continue burnout operations on the north and east side of the fire.
|Projected Incident Activity|
12 hr: fire spread will be minimal due to precipitation over fire.
24 hr: Fire spread will be minimal due to forecasted precip and increase in humidity over fire.
48 hr: Fire spread will be moderate on the north and west flank due to forecasted drying and warming trend.
72 hr: Fire spread will be minimal due to forecasted precip and increase in humidity over fire.
On 7/29/2018 at 6:00 A.M., Steve Millert’s Type 2 Incident Management Team will transition management of the Venado Fire to a local Type 3 organization, led by Incident Commander Ray Carrol.
Temperatures climbed into the mid 70s and humidity dropped below 40% Friday. In addition, scattered showers and thunderstorms occurred in the area. On Saturday, drier and warmer conditions are forecast, with mainly isolated showers and thunderstorms. Expect temperatures in the low-80s and minimum humidity below 30%.