Start date: May 9, 2021
Location: 9 miles east of Pecos and 3 miles southwest of the Barillas Lookout on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF)
Size: 1,621 acres after implementing management strategy to add low- to moderate-intensity fire to the ground to achieve resource benefit and reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire in the future
Resources: 1 interagency hotshot crew and 3 engines
Fuels: Ponderosa pine, piñon-juniper, Douglas fir and oak brush
Operations: Firefighters on scene continued to monitor the Cuervito Fire, patrolling and mopping up the edges. Interior pockets continue to burn, putting up some smoke in the process.
Weather: The forecasted weather for the area is dry and warm through most of the week with winds in the 10 to 15 mph range.
Values at risk: Private property nearby
Smoke: Smoke management is a key part of the planning and implementation of managed wildfire. Smoke from the Cuervito Fire may impact Santa Fe, Pecos, Las Vegas, Rowe, Glorieta, La Cueva, North and South San Ysidro, Ilfeld, San Jose, San Juan, Tecolote, Soham, Ribera, Serafina, Bernal, Anton Chico, Mineral Hill, San Geronimo and Pablo as well as the I-25 corridor. An interactive smoke map at https://fire.airnow.gov/ allows you to search for current smoke information.
Safety: The health and safety of firefighters and the public are always the first priority. 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 online at the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) website at https://nmtracking.org/fire.
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