| Bear Trap Fire is experiencing less fire spread in past 24 hoursNM Fire Info

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May 16, 2022 Daily Update

Acres: 13,504 acres

Containment: 30%

Cause: Undetermined

Total staff: 540

Start date: May 1, 2022

Location: San Mateo Mountains, Magdalena Ranger District, Socorro County, New Mexico

Fuels: Pine, pinyon-juniper and grass


Strong points: Despite exceptionally dry conditions, above normal temperatures and increasing winds, the Bear Trap Fire has spread less over the past 24 hours. Firefighters continue to monitor fire activity to assess its behavior and develop strategies to contain the fire as it progresses southwest. An operational information video explaining details of Bear Trap Fire operations is available on the Cibola National Forest Facebook page.

Operations: Firefighters continue to extinguish and control the blaze, prioritizing firefighters and public safety while protecting and minimizing damage to valuable resources. In areas north of the fire, fire activity has decreased, containment lines are still holding, and areas previously burned by prescribed fires and wildfires continue to limit fire spread. This success in the north allows firefighters to focus on scouting southern areas of the blaze, where the fire continues to slowly recede up the slopes. In these areas, crews are monitoring the spread, improving roads and building control lines to connect with natural barriers to stop the fire as it spreads southwest. Other resources arrived yesterday, with some crews working through the night to provide round-the-clock coverage of the fire. Just before dark, a small aerial ignition operation was conducted on the west side of Grassy Lookout near Hudson Canyon to help clear fuel in front of the main fire.

Weather: Temperatures remain above normal, and yesterday’s temperatures were the warmest since the start of the fire. Winds are expected to pick up this afternoon bringing gusty southwest and westerly winds along with hot and very dry conditions.

Closures: The Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands (NF and NG) have issued a fire area closure, road and trail closure to protect public health and safety during fire operations on the Bear Trap Fire. The complete shutdown order (#03-0726) and map are available at https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/cibola/alerts-notices.

Restrictions: Based on the high fire danger and severe fire weather conditions, Cibola NF and NG have implemented Phase 2 fire restrictions in mountain districts including Magdalena Ranger District. The complete order (#03-0724) and map are available at https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/cibola/alerts-notices.

Security: The health and safety of firefighters and the public is 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. For more information on the dangers drones pose to wildfire-fighting aircraft and ground personnel, go to https://www.nifc.gov/drones/.

Smoke: Smoke from the Bear Trap Fire may be visible in the areas surrounding Alamo, Datil, Magdalena, Socorro and San Antonio, NM. People sensitive to smoke and people with respiratory problems or heart conditions are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health is available on the New Mexico Department of Health’s Environmental Public Health Tracking website: nmtracking.org. An interactive smoke map at https://fire.airnow.gov/ lets you zoom into your area to see the latest smoke conditions.

Fire updates are posted on InciWeb, the Cibola NF & NGs website, Facebook and Twitter pages, the NM Fire Information website.

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Daily map of bear trap fires, May 16
Bear Trap fire progress map, May 16

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