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Fire Start
Sunday, May 1, 2022 12:58 PM MDT
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US Forest Service — Cibola National Forest

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Incident Overview

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Incident Photo for the Bear Trap Fire

The Bear Trap Fire was reported as 100 acres on May 1, 2022 at 1200 hours in Bear Trap Canyon, San Mateo Mountains, Magdalena Ranger District, Cibola National Forest & National Grasslands. The fire is approximately 22 miles southwest of Magdalena, New Mexico.

On May 3, the Albuquerque Zone Type 3 Team assumed command of the fire. The Southwest Type 2 Incident Management Team 4 transitioned with the previous team on May 14. The Bear Trap Fire is burning actively and increasing temperatures and historically dry conditions continue to challenge firefighters. The strategy for the Bear Trap Fire is to fully contain the fire while protecting valuable resources in the area, including natural and cultural resources and infrastructure. Crews have been successful in limiting fire spread to the north, east, and west along previous prescribed fire scars. At this time, the fire is not a threat to any communities, and there are no evacuations in effect.

Closures: The Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands (NF & NGs) have issued a fire area closure, road and trails closure to protect public health and safety during fire operations on the Bear Trap Fire. The full closure order (No. 03-0726) and map are available at https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/cibola/alerts-notices.

Restrictions: Based on high fire danger and severe fire weather conditions, the Cibola NF & NGs implemented Stage 2 Fire Restrictions on the mountain districts, including the Magdalena Ranger District. The full order (No. 03-0724) and map are available at https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/cibola/alerts-notices.

Safety: The health and safety of firefighters and the public are 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. More information on the dangers drones pose to wildland firefighting aircraft and personnel on the ground can be found at: https://www.nifc.gov/drones/.

Smoke: Smoke from the Bear Trap Fire may be visible in the surrounding areas of Alamo, Datil, Magdalena, Socorro, and San Antonio, NM. 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 at the New Mexico Department of Health Environmental Public Health Tracking website: nmtracking.org. An interactive smoke map at https://fire.airnow.gov/ allows you to zoom into your area to see the latest smoke conditions.

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For more information on the Bear Trap Fire, please contact: 928-362-2906

Basic Incident Details

Incident Type
Date of Origin
Sunday, May 1, 2022 12:00 PM MDT
22 miles Southwest of Magdalena, NM.
Incident Commander
Aaron Hulburd IC,
Andy Mandell Deputy, Southwest Type 2 IMT4
Incident Description
New Wildfire Start
33.85, -107.533

Current Situation

Total Personnel
Size (Acres)
Estimated Containment
Tuesday, May 31, 2022 12:00 AM MDT
Fuels Involved
Timber (Grass and Understory)
Closed Timber Litter
Timber (Litter and Understory)

Fuels are extremely dry in all categories. Live fuel moisture remains at critical levels due to lack of seasonal precipitation. Heavy presence of large diameter dead and down across the fire area. Burn scars to the east of the crest are holding fire due to sparse and discontinuous fuels.
Significant Events

Fire is moving easily through a mostly continuous fuel bed. Downslope backing is interspersed with short uphill runs as fire moves into alignment with slope. Fire along the ridges is being pushed downslope and across by light winds. Receptive fuels are resulting in some spotting approximately 1/2 mile out.

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions
Hold, secure, and monitor Northern side of the fire, along 549 to Hughes Mill. Contingency lines on the northeast and south of fire will continue to be scouted. Continue to prep the 72 road system connecting with Division M. In Division K, continue prep on the 378 road, and monitor fire activity in the North Fire scar.
Minimal ignition operations will continue moving south towards drop point 20 in Division W to keep even with the fire edge. Aerial ignitions will continue to be considered if conditions are appropriate. Division K will continue to make improvements to values at risk in the Rosedale mining section, and also improve the 330 road and monitor fire growth in the North Fire scar. Division Mike will continue prep work in the west red canyon area and proceed with dozer line and hand line to the North towards the roadless area.
Projected Incident Activity
12 hours: Continued movement Southwest towards the junction of Chimney, Bear, and Buck Canyons Limited movement east, off the San Mateo crest due to non-continuous fuels in several recent fire scars.

24 hours: Continued movement Southwest into the junction of Chimney, Bear, and Buck Canyons Limited movement east, off the San Mateo crest due to non-continuous fuels in several recent fire scars.

48 hours: Continued movement Southwest establishing in Big Pigeon, Indian and Wallace Trough Canyons. Limited movement east, off the San Mateo crest due to non-continuous fuels in several recent fire scars.

72 hours: Continued movement Southwest towards the Oscar / Whiskey division break and along Hay Ground Draw below Bay Bucks Peak. Limited movement east, off the San Mateo crest due to non-continuous fuels in several recent fire scars.

Anticipated after 72 hours: Continued movement Southwest approaching established line in Division Oscar. Limited movement east, off the San Mateo crest due to non-continuous fuels in several recent fire scars.

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns
No significant changes to the weather pattern over the Bear Trap fire over the past 24 hrs. High pressure aloft remains the main player, keeping our airmass astonishingly dry, with increasing heat and instability, and generally lighter winds today. This morning brought another night of exceptionally poor humidity recovery to the fire. Again, our max Rh was below 15%, with both Remote Automatic Weather Stations (RAWS) reporting a peak of 11%, and dropping back into single-digits by 8 am. Morning temperatures continue to creep up with mild overnight lows in the 50s. Sunday afternoon was near record hot, and the hottest temperatures the fire has seen with highs in the 80s. Minimum humidity was 4%. Winds varied in direction through midday, then favored southerly at 5 to 10 mph with gusts to 20 mph. The Haines Index was a strong 6 (High) indicative of very dry and unstable conditions, favoring increased fire behavior.

Monday, will bring elevated fire weather conditions as the upper ridge breaks down and a minor upper trough approaches from the west. This will increase southwest winds, for a breezy afternoon. Tuesday and Wednesday will bring lighter winds, with mild afternoon breezes, but warm, dry, and unstable conditions remain in place. A stronger Pacific storm looks to swing by Thursday and Friday. Strong westerly winds, combined with hot, dry, and unstable conditions will likely bring critical fire weather conditions and potential for Red Flag Warnings both days. Chances for any rain look dismal through at least the next week.

Fire Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Bear Trap Fire Information
Email: 2022.beartrap@firenet.gov
Phone: 928-362-2906
Hours: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Fire Unit Information
Cibola National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2113 Osuna Rd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113

Dispatch Center Contact

Albuquerque Interagency Dispatch Center (NM-ABC)

Albuquerque, NM