Carson firefighters monitoring small blaze by El Rito

Staff report
Posted 6/10/19

A small team of firefighters with the Carson National Forest are monitoring a 1-acre fire about 10 miles northwest of El Rito.

The fire was caused by lightening and was reported Friday (June …

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Carson firefighters monitoring small blaze by El Rito

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A small team of firefighters with the Carson National Forest is monitoring a 1-acre fire about 10 miles northwest of El Rito.

The Gurule fire was caused by lightening and was reported Friday (June 7).

“Firefighters located the fire on Saturday (June 8) and found a single tree burning from a lightning strike. Firefighters monitored the snag and on Sunday the fire had slowly moved through dead and down timber and grew to approximately 1 acre,” read a press release from the Carson National Forest.

Because of favorable weather and the mixed-conifer forest it's burning in, forest officials are considering managing the fire essentially as they would a prescribed burn, rather than simply putting it out.

“Allowing the fire to naturally thin the forest and take out the weaker, more diseased trees will improve forest health, range land, and wildlife habitat. Discussions are currently underway to determine the appropriate strategy to achieve multiple resource objectives,” said  Forest Service officials in a statement.

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