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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 11:28 am 
Baca Fire Update, May 19, 2017 at 0830

Location: Quemado Ranger District on the Gila National Forest
6 miles northeast of Quemado Lake Catron County, New Mexico
Start Date: May 12, 2017
Size: 672 acres
Cause: Lightning
Vegetation: Ponderosa Pine, grass, and mixed conifer
Smoke: Smoke may be visible within the surrounding area of Quemado, Pie Town, Horse Springs, and Datil, NM
Resources: 1 Wildland Fire Module
Incident Commander: Pete Valenzuela IC3 transitioning today to Gabe Castanon IC4

Summary: The Baca Fire is burning on National Forest lands in rugged terrain. There are no immediate values at risk in the area. Values surrounding the fire include private property, Quemado Lake Recreation Area, range improvement infrastructure and mixed conifer vegetation. The objective is to confine and contain the fire within natural and manmade features, to limit exposure to fire personnel and the public. Yesterday, the fire received a moderate amount of moisture, however; heat remains within the fire perimeter and over the next couple of weeks it is anticipated smoke and fire activity may increase as the area begins to dry out. District fire personnel will continue to monitor fire behavior and weather.

CDT hikers are no longer discouraged from using the trail. FR 13D and FR 323 are closed until a hazard assessment can be completed.
For information on the Gila National Forest, check out our website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/gila

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