Gallo Peak Fire Update, 9/11

Release Date: Sep 11, 2017  

September 11, 2017, Albuquerque, NM - Fire activity picked up over the weekend on the Gallo Peak Fire, located in the Manzano Mountain Wilderness on the Mountainair Ranger District.  It is now approximately 200 acres in size with pockets of unburned fuel in the interior.  Since it was first reported on August 30, the fire has been managed with a patrol and monitor strategy as the steep terrain has posed a high risk for firefighter safety.  Conditions have been very favorable for low intensity flames to consume woody debris from the forest floor, reducing the risk of high intensity fires while improving forest health and wildlife habitat.

Over the weekend, fire managers transitioned to a suppression strategy to prevent the fire from becoming established in heavier fuels and to keep it from reaching the Crest Trail.  Helicopter bucket drops were very effective at slowing the fire’s progression.  Additional personnel arrived today to assist with the suppression efforts, including one Hot Shot crew and several engines.  Management actions will continue to be based upon safety and the probability of success with firefighter and public safety the most important objectives.    

For more information, please contact the Mountainair Ranger District at (505) 847-2990.  Cooperators include the U.S. Forest Service, the Pueblo of Isleta, and the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office.