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Copperton RX Burn

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contact

Patricia E. Johnson
Email: patricia.e.johnson@usda.gov
Phone: 505-850-2657

 If conditions remain favorable, fire managers on the Cibola National Forest & National Grasslands (NF & NGs) may implement the previously announced Copperton prescribed burn on the Mount Taylor Ranger District as early as Tues, May 4th and continue through Friday May 7th.The decision to proceed continues to depend on multiple factors, including resource availability, fuel moisture levels, air quality, ventilation, and forecasted weather and winds.

The plan is to broadcast burn approximately 3,858 acres on the Copperton unit located 3 miles west of Post Office Flats on Forest Road (FR) 480 in the Zuni Mountains. Fire managers consider smoke impacts to communities before making a final decision to implement a prescribed fire. Smoke may be visible in the surrounding area of Rahma, Gallup, Thoreau, Bluewater, Grants and Millan. 

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypePrescribed Fire
Date of OriginTuesday May 04th, 2021 approx. 08:00 AM
LocationMt Taylor Ranger District: Copperton unit located 3 miles west of Post Office Flats on Forest Road (FR) 480 in the Zuni Mountains.
Incident CommanderAnthony Pacheco Mt Taylor FMO
Incident DescriptionPrescribed Burn
Coordinates35.159 latitude, -108.105 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel35
Size3,858 Acres
Fuels Involved

Ponderosa Pine