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Bear Trap Fire

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contacts

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

Bear Trap Fire Information
Email: 2022.beartrap@firenet.gov
Phone: 928-362-2906
Hours: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Highlighted Activity

08/31/2022 Bear Trap Fire Area and Road Closure order 03-03-03-22-03
Bear Trap Fire Area and Road Closures Magdalena Ranger District - San Mateo Mountains Order Number 03-03-03-22-03 Albuquerque, NM, Aug 31, 2022 – An area and road closure (Order 03-03-03-22-03)...
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The Bear Trap Fire was reported as 100 acres on May 1, 2022 at 1200 hours in Bear Trap Canyon, San Mateo Mountains, Magdalena Ranger District, Cibola National Forest & National Grasslands. The fire is approximately 22 miles southwest of Magdalena, New Mexico.

On May 3, the Albuquerque Zone Type 3 Team assumed command of the fire. The Southwest Type 2 Incident Management Team 4 transitioned with the previous team May 14. California Incident Management Team 10 accepted transfer of command of the fire May 24. The strategy for the Bear Trap Fire is to fully suppress the fire while protecting valuable resources in the area, including natural and cultural resources and infrastructure. Crews have been successful in limiting fire spread to the north, east, and west along previous prescribed fire scars. Minimal fire activity remains along the southern flank in unburned pockets of vegetation and lingering hot spots as crews continue to mop up and patrol. At this time, the fire is not a threat to any communities, and there are no evacuations in effect. Suppression repair has begun in all areas of the fire in an effort to return the landscape as close to natural as possible where suppression activities have occurred.   

Closures: The Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands (NF & NGs) have issued a fire area closure, road and trails closure to protect public health and safety during fire operations on the Bear Trap Fire. The full closure order (No. 03-0726) and map are available at https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/cibola/alerts-notices.

Restrictions: Based on high fire danger and severe fire weather conditions, the Cibola NF & NGs implemented Stage 2 Fire Restrictions on the mountain districts, including the Magdalena Ranger District. The full order (No. 03-0724) and map are available at https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/cibola/alerts-notices.

Safety: The health and safety of firefighters and the public are always the first priority. Members of the public should stay away from Bear Trap Fire operations. A temporary flight restriction (TFR) is in place over the area, which includes unmanned aircraft, or drones. More information on the dangers drones pose to wildland firefighting aircraft and personnel on the ground can be found at: https://www.nifc.gov/drones/.

Smoke: Smoke from the Bear Trap Fire and other nearby fires may be visible in the surrounding areas of Alamo, Datil, Magdalena, Socorro, Winston and San Antonio, NM. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found at the New Mexico Department of Health Environmental Public Health Tracking website: nmtracking.org. An interactive smoke map at https://fire.airnow.gov/ allows you to zoom into your area to see the latest smoke conditions.

Fire updates are posted on InciWeb, Cibola NF & NGs website, Facebook and Twitter pages, the NM Fire Information website.

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For more information on the Bear Trap Fire, please contact: 928-362-2906

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUndetermined
Date of OriginSunday May 01st, 2022 approx. 12:00 PM
Location22 miles Southwest of Magdalena, NM.
Incident CommanderBrandon Swope Magdalena Ranger District
Coordinates33.85 latitude, -107.533 longitude

Current Situation

Size38,225 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Estimated Containment DateSaturday June 11th, 2022 approx. 05:00 PM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Grass and Understory)

Closed Timber Litter

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Significant Events

Burn Area Emergency Response ( BAER) assessment

Suppression repair:

100% completed 6-5-22 @1900

Outlook

Remarks

9/1/22 Closure order (03-03-03-22-03)for the Bear Trap area and roads See attached for map or find more information go to:

https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/cibola/alerts-notices

Transition back to home unit took place at 6/1/22 at 1600.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

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