Despite recent rains and snow, wildfire is just a lightning strike or escaped campfire away.
A lightning-caused fire near Hondito Canyon on the Tres Piedras Ranger District was reported Monday (May 15). The fire is located 4 miles southwest of the community of Tres Piedras and approximately 2 miles north of the community of Las Tablas. On Tuesday (May 16) at 5 p.m., the fire had grown to 7 acres. Fire behavior is reported as backing and creeping. Resources are on the scene.
As of press time, the only large wildfires in New Mexico are burning down south in the Gila National Forest. As of midafternoon on May 16, the Kerr Fire had burned more than 3,300 acres and the Baca Fire had burned more than 375 acres.
Rain has helped reduce wildfires in the state, but some of the storms have been accompanied by lightning. A total of 41 wildfires larger than 100 acres were considered active as of May 16. Only two were in New Mexico.