Venado Fire UPDATE August 8

Start Date: July 20

Cause: Lightning

Size: 4,150 acres

Location: Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF)

Containment: 75%

Fuel: Ponderosa Pine

Weather: Rain is forecasted this week

Resources: 25 personnel

Situation: Containment lines are holding and interior pockets continue to burn. Firefighters continue to monitor where resources do not have safe access. The Type IV Fire Management organization, now in charge, is working closely with the Pueblo of Jemez to minimize adverse effects to values at risk, including but not limited to, archaeological sites, the Rio Guadalupe and critical habitats for Threatened or Endangered Species.

Closures: The Venado Fire temporary area closure order remains in effect and includes Forest Roads 376 and 488 in their entirety. The closure order, including a map of the restricted area, is on the SFNF website under Alerts and Notices.

Smoke/Air Quality: Smoke may be visible from Highway 4 and 550 as interior pockets of unburned fuel are consumed by the fire. 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 using the 5-3-1 visibility method can be found at the New Mexico Department of Health’s website https://nmtracking.org/fire or by calling 1-888-878-8992. For information on the HEPA filter loan program: https://www.santafefireshed.org/hepa-filter-loan-program/.

Fire updates are on Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5996/, the New Mexico Fire Information website: www.nmfireinfo.com, Twitter @SantaFeNF, and www.facebook.com/SantaFeNF.

For more information, please contact the Jemez Ranger District at (575) 829-3535.

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