Forest service weighs next move for Tres Piedras lightning fire

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Managers with the U.S. Forest Service will soon make a decision to either suppress or let burn a small wildfire ignited by a lightning strike Monday (May 15).

The Hondito Fire has grown to approximately 18 acres as of this afternoon, according to Clifton Russell, of the forest service.

The Hondito Fire is located about four miles southwest of Tres Piedras and is adjacent to the Tio Gordito area, where the forest service was planning and preparing to conduct a prescribed burn on 4,587 acres of national forest.

Forest service crews are on hand and monitoring the low-intensity fire. Forest managers may make a decision to suppress the fire or use it to achieve the objectives of the planned Tio Gordito burn by tomorrow or Monday (May 22), Russell said.

A community meeting is scheduled for Saturday (May 20) at 10 a.m. at the Tres Piedras Ranger Station, 22280 U.S. Highway 64, Tres Piedras.

Smoke-sensitive individuals and those with respiratory problems are encouraged to take precautionary measures, which are detailed at nmtracking.org/fire.

For more information, please call the Hondito Fire Public Information line at (575)-758-6345.

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