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Triple Nickle

Unit Information

Cibola National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2113 Osuna Rd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113

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Recent rains have created very favorable conditions, allowing Fire managers from the Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands to manage a lightning caused fire for resource benefit on the Mt. Taylor Ranger District. The Triple Nickle Fire is being carefully monitored and managed as it burns naturally in the ecosystem, promoting forest health and resilience while reducing the potential for future catastrophic wildfires. Along with burning unwanted dead and down woody material, it will remove encroaching conifer trees from historic open meadows, increase plant diversity, improve wildlife habitat, and restore the natural fire regime.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning/natural
Date of OriginSunday August 04th, 2019 approx. 03:30 PM
LocationNortheast of Grants near Mount Taylor
Incident CommanderAdrian Padilla (ICT3), Sunbear Vierra (ICT3-t)
Incident DescriptionManage For Multiple Objectives
Coordinates35.345 latitude, -107.527 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel74
Size8,063 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained75%
Estimated Containment DateMonday September 30th, 2019 approx. 08:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Grass and Understory) Brush (2 feet)

Significant Events

Minimal, Creeping, Smoldering

Outlook

Planned Actions

Patrol and Monitor fire within the planning area and continue to hold and monitor previous firing operations. Continue to monitor infrastructures and values at risk.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours - Fire spread potential is minimal. Fire is to the planned box. Continuing to patrol perimeter and mop up threats to the line.

24 hours - Fire spread potential is minimal. Fire is to the planned box. Continuing to patrol perimeter and mop up threats to the line.

48 hours - Fire spread potential is minimal. Continuing to patrol perimeter and mop up threats to the line.

72 hours - Fire spread potential is minimal. Continuing to patrol perimeter and mop up threats to the line.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

LABOR DAY mostly sunny in the morning, then partly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Maximum temperature above 8000 ft of 78-83. Below 8000 ft of 84-89. 24 hr trend little change. Minimum humidity above 8000 ft of 22-32%. Below 8000 ft of 19-24%. Wind 20 ft is terrain dominated 5 to 10 mph. Wind in southwest up to 10 mph shifting to the southeast in the afternoon. 40% chance of precipitation.

TUESDAY- Partly cloudy. Chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs 85 to 90. Terrain dominated winds 5 to 10 mph. Minimum Humidity 15 to 20 percent.

WEDNESDAY-Partly cloudy. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.Highs 82 to 87. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Minimum Humidity 17 to 22 percent.