Terrain
Satellite
OSM
Cuervito
FIRE
1,621.0
acres
26.6 mi
ESE of Santa Fe, NM
4 monthsago
reported
Fire Status:
UNKNOWN
Last Updated:
2 months ago
Incident #:
2021-NMSNF-000090
Fire Start:
Sunday, May 9, 2021 2:32 PM MDT
Primary Fire Agency

US Forest Service — Santa Fe National Forest

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview Updated: 4 months ago

Incident Photo for the Cuervito Fire

Quiet Day on Cuervito Fire on SFNF

SANTA FE, NM – May 19, 2021 – As the vicinity of the Cuervito Fire received welcome moisture over the last few days, the Type 3 Incident Management Team (IMT) is wrapping up operations and preparing to turn command of the fire back to the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) at 6 a.m. Friday morning. Since lightning sparked the Cuervito Fire on Mother’s Day, crews have successfully managed the naturally ignited wildfire to achieve significant resource benefits, reducing the buildup of hazardous fuels and the risk of high-severity fire in the future. Location:  9 miles east of Pecos and 3 miles southwest of the Barillas Lookout on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District

Start Date:  May 9, 2021

Size:  Approximately 1,300 acres

Cause:  Lightning

Resources Assigned:  37 personnel on scene, including 1 hand crew and 3 engines

Fuels:  Ponderosa pine, piñon-juniper, Douglas fir and oak brush

Operations:  The area in proximity to the fire received up to half an inch of precipitation recently, effectively ending ignitions on the Cuervito Fire. Today crews focused on reinforcing the southern perimeter and securing all edges.

Weather:  Possible showers and thunderstorms this evening will shift to warmer, drier conditions on Thursday. Prospects for more precipitation increase again on Friday. There is a 60% chance of precipitation tonight with winds out of the southeast at 10 to 15 mph.

Values at risk:  Firefighter and public safety is always the number-one priority for the IMT. Values at risk include private property nearby.

Smoke:  Smoke management is a key part of the planning and implementation of managed wildfire. Smoke from the Cuervito Firemay impact the communities of 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 and the Pecos National Historical Park.

Safety:  Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) website. Information on the Forest Stewards Guild’s HEPA Filter Loan Program is available here. Fire updates will be posted on the SFNF website, New Mexico Fire Information website, Inciweb and on the Santa Fe National Forest Facebook page and Twitter @SantafeNF.

Basic Information

Incident Type:
Wildfire
Cause:
Lightning
Date of Origin:
Sunday, May 9, 2021 12:00 AM MDT
Location:
10 miles east of Pecos, NM
Incident Commander:
Fabian Montano
Incident Description:
Wildfire Lightning Caused
Coordinates:
35.534, -105.501

Current Situation

Total Personnel:
99
Size (Acres):
1,621
Fuels Involved:
Timber (Grass and Understory)
Significant Events:
Managed for resource benefit.

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions:
Securing line and monitoring interior pockets that are skunking around

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns:
Widespread showers and thunderstorms

Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Cuervito Fire Information
Phone: 5056636334
Hours: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Fire Unit Information
Santa Fe National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
New Mexico
Santa Fe, NM 87508

Dispatch Contact

Santa Fe Interagency Dispatch Center | Santa Fe, NM
505-438-5600