Crews get upper hand on Venado Fire

August 6, 2018

Crews get upper hand on Venado Fire

The Venado Fire is now in the mop-up phase, a U.S. Forest Service spokesman reported Friday.

Crews for the past two weeks have picked away at the fire, which has burned about 4,150 acres in the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest, about 6½ miles from Jemez Springs. According to a news release, containment lines on the western edge of the fire are complete, with containment percentages likely to rise daily.

The fire, burning in areas rife with ponderosa pine, is 66 percent contained. The Forest Service said it will continue to work with the Pueblo of Jemez to limit the impact on archaeological sites, the Rio Guadalupe and critical habitats for a variety of threatened and endangered species in the area.

The lightning-caused fire began July 20 and early on left large swaths of smoke in the Albuquerque and Santa Fe areas. About 94 people are fighting the fire, down significantly from its early stages. The Forest Service said management of the area will be turned back to the Jemez Ranger District by Sunday.

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