GRANTS, N.M. (KRQE) – Fire officials report that the lightning-caused Triple Nickle Fire that is burning in the San Mateo Mountains on the Mt. Taylor Ranger District has grown to 8,063 acres as of Saturday, Aug. 31. The blaze began burning on August 4, 2019, now has approximately 124 personnel assigned to the operation.
Fire crews report they completed aerial ignitions Friday and will be mopping up hotspots as well as patrolling the fire perimeter this weekend. On Monday, the Albuquerque Zone Incident Management Team plans to transition command of the fire back to the Mt. Taylor Ranger District Type 4 organization.
Once fire operations decrease resources and crews are expected to demobilize. Smoke from the fire will be continued to be monitored.
There are no forest closures issued at this time. An alternate route for the Continental Divide Trail has been marked for those crossing the burn area.
This re-route begins where the CDT meets with Forest Road 451 and follows that road west for a mile to Forest Road 239. The road will then continue north for approximately seven miles and will then tie back in with CDT for a half a mile north of Antelope Tank.