By Santa Fe National Forest
Venado Fire UPDATE
Forest Road Closure in Effect
Start Date: July 20
Size: 250 acres
Location: Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest
Fuel: Ponderosa Pine
Weather: Light winds, clear skies
Resources on scene: 2 engines, 2 utility vehicles, 20-person Santa Fe Hotshot crew, 20-person Aravaipa Hotshot crew (from Arizona), 18 support personnel.
Situation: Due to fire behavior, Forest Road (FR) 376 is closed from Gilman Tunnels to the intersection of FR 488 and FR 376. Area day trip visitors are being notified by USDA Forest Service law enforcement to leave the area. One heavy air tanker and 3 singe engine air tankers dropped fire retardant to improve access for hotshot crews. The fire is active on all sides and there is potential for large growth tomorrow. Hotshot crews will work to establish control lines tonight. Anticipated tomorrow is 1 helicopter with bucket, two single engine air tankers, and the Black Mesa Hotshots from Arizona. The fire is in a remote location on Mesa Venado and in an adjacent drainage area, 1 mile and a half north of Deer Creek Landing, and three quarters of a mile east of Joaquin Mesa. The forest is inaccessible from the south end of FR 376, but is accessible from the north end of FR 376. Smoke is visible from I-25, Jemez, Santa Fe, and possibly Bernalillo.
Smoke/Air Quality: Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory or heart disease should be prepared to exercise precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health’s website: https://nmtracking.org/fire. For information on the HEPA filter loan program: http://www.santafefireshed.org/hepa-filter-loan-program/.