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Bear Trap Fire

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2113 Osuna Rd. NE 
2113 Osuna Rd. NE 

Incident Contacts

Pat Johnson
Phone: 505-850-2657
Bear Trap Fire Information
Phone: 928-362-2906
Hours: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

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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

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

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:

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: An interactive smoke map at 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 Wed, 10/12/2022 - 07:51
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Undetermined
Date of Origin
Location 22 miles Southwest of Magdalena, NM.
Incident Commander Brandon Swope Magdalena Ranger District
Coordinates 33° 51' 1'' Latitude
-107° 31'
'' Longitude
Current Situation
Size 38,225 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 100%
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


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:

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