Photos submitted via Report It! Smoke cloud from the Thompson fire.
New fire started near Quemado, NM Wednesday. The fire 16 miles south of Quemado, NM and 4 miles west of Quemado Lake.
It was originally estimated to be 5 acres, but the fire has grown significantly since that last estimate.
Two new fires have been reported Monday morning in the Manzanos.
One fire called the Bosque Fire is burning on the Bosque Trail on the eastside of the Manzanos. Crews are currently responding to that fire and believe it will be knocked down very quickly. At this time they do not know what caused that fire.
Another fire is burning on the west side of the Manzanos – east of Meadowlake in Valencia County. There is no size estimate of that fire and also no predicted cause.
The Forest Service has deployed single engine tankers to fight that fire hoping to take it down before it gets much momentum.
The portions of the Bosque that fall within the city of Rio Rancho’s limits will be closed to the public effective at 8 a.m. on Monday, May 27, 2013, and will remain closed until further notice.
High temperatures, low humidity, and a lack of rainfall have caused tinder-dry vegetation in the Rio Rancho Bosque area. These conditions have created an extremely high fire danger.
The full closure of the Bosque means that all paths, ditch roads near the Bosque, and the forest (trees) are closed to all visitors and users.
The Gila National Forest, scene of last year’s devastating Whitewater-Baldy Fire, is imposing fire restrictions beginning next week.
The Stage One restrictions begin May 21 and will limit campfires to provided grills and pits in designated campgrounds.
Those campgrounds are:
- Kingston Campground
- Juniper Campground
- Piñon Campground
- El Caso Campground
- Big Horn Campground
- Cottonwood Campground
- Pueblo Park Campground
- Grapevine Campground
- Lower Scorpion Campground
- Forks Campground
- Upper Scorpion Campground
- Sapillo Campground
- Upper End Campground
- Mesa Campground
- Lake Roberts Picnic Area
- Apache Creek Campground
- Little Walnut Picnic Areas
- Cherry Creek Campground
- McMillan Campground
- Iron Creek Campground
- Upper Gallinas Campground
- Lower Gallinas Campground
- Catwalk National Recreation Area
For an updated list of fire restrictions around New Mexico, visit the KRQE.com Wildfires page and click on Forestry Restrictions.
Railroad Canyon Campground