Santa Fe National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Santa Fe, NM 87508
General Information: On Sunday at 6:00 a.m., Steve Millert’s Type 2 Incident Management Team 4 will transition management of the Venado Fire to a local Type 3 organization, led by Incident Commander Ray Carrol. The number of personnel assigned to the fire will continue to decrease due to successful firefighting efforts. Approximately 180 personnel and equipment will be assigned to the Type 3 organization when it assumes command on Sunday.
Fire Operations: Scattered showers occurred across the fire areayesterday, which helped minimize fire growth. Sufficient rains allowed firefighters to support suppression efforts in the Joaquin fuel treatment unit. Last night, the wet conditions allowed crews to ignite dead and downed fuels along an established dozer line to further limit fire intensity and help strengthen containment lines. Today crews will conduct more pile burning that could result in large plumes of intermittent smoke.
Values: The Southwest Area Incident Management Team 4 and the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are working closely with the Pueblo of Jemez to protect multiple archaeological and cultural sites in proximity to the Venado Fire. Fire managers are also monitoring designated critical habitat for the Mexican spotted owl and the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse. Although the fire reached a portion of the owl habitat, suppression efforts kept the fire from impacting the jumping mouse habitat.
Fire Weather: Drier conditions are forecasted for today as high pressure strengthens over the area, however, enough moisture will remain in place for another round of scattered showers and thunderstorms. On Sunday, humidity will decrease further, with only isolated showers and thunderstorms forecasted. Daytime temperatures will climb into the mid-80s with minimum humidity below 25%. Warm and dry conditions continue Monday with another cold front and possible showers on Tuesday through Thursday.
Closures: The 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 on the SFNF website under Alerts and Notices. The Venado Fire temporary closure order will remain in place until lifted by the SFNF.
Smoke Situation: Smoke may impact communities along NM Route 4 from San Ysidro north to Jemez Springs on Saturday morning as smoke settles into canyons and valleys. Smoke will be visible throughout the day along U.S. Route 550 north of the Santa Ana Pueblo and may also be visible along the I-25 corridor near Santa Fe. Warmer, drier conditions on Saturday could lead to increased fire activity and smoke earlier in the day. Afternoon showers and gusty erratic winds in the afternoon could blow smoke into communities to the west and northwest of the fire. Protect your health during smoke events by limiting heavy exertion, avoiding outdoor activities, and keeping your indoor air as clean as possible. For more information on protecting your health using the 5-3-1 visibility method by New Mexico's Environmental Public Health Tracking Program, visit https://nmtracking.org/environment/air/FireAndSmoke.html.
This is the final update for the Venado Fire by the Type 2 Incident Management Team. The Incident Command Post located at the Pueblo of Jemez, Jemez Springs Property, is now closed. InciWeb will remain the official source for fire information. For updates on wildfires and other activities across the Santa Fe National Forest, please follow the SFNF Facebook page. For more information, please contact the Jemez Ranger District at (575) 829-3535.
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