Teams complete Cuervito fire extinguishing operations

SFNF News:

Today, crews focused on maintaining and securing the line after completing the last 300 hectares at the southern end of the blaze on Thursday.

The only ignitions today were manual ignitions to clean the interior fuel pockets. Burnout operations are now complete on the Cuervito Fire.

Firefighters’ efforts will now focus on maintaining the perimeter and monitoring the Cuervito fire.

Start date: May 9, 2021

Cause: Lightning

Location: 15 km east of Pecos and 5 km southwest of Barillas Lookout on the Pecos / Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF)

Cut: 1,621 acres after the implementation of the management strategy to add low to moderate intensity fires to the ground to leverage resources and reduce the risk of high severity fires in the future

Resources: 1 Hotshot crew, 3 engines, heavy equipment above

Fuels: Ponderosa pine, juniper pine, douglas and oak scrub

Weather: A 70% chance of precipitation is likely to bring isolated showers and thunderstorms to the area overnight. Winds will blow from the south between 15 and 25 mph. The forecast for Saturday promises even more humidity with an 80% chance of precipitation.

Values ​​at risk: Private property nearby

Smoke: Smoke management is a key part of planning and implementing forest fire management. Smoke from Cuervito Fire can impact Santa Fe, Pecos, Las Vegas, Rowe, Glorieta, La Cueva, North and South San Ysidro, Ilfeld, San Jose, San Juan, Tecolote, Soham, Ribera, Serafina, Bernal, Anton Chico, Mineral Hill, San Geronimo and Pablo as well as the I-25 corridor. An interactive smoke map at allows you to search for current information about smoke.

Security: The health and safety of firefighters and the public is always the top priority. People sensitive to smoke and people with respiratory problems or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information about air quality and protecting your health is available online at the New Mexico Department of Health’s (NMDOH) Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) website. at

Updates on the fires will be posted on the SFNF website, New Mexico Fire Information Website and on the Santa Fe National Forest Facebook Page and Twitter @SantafeNF.

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