Venado Fire grows to 4,150 acres

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The lightning-caused Venado Fire in the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest has reached 4,150 acres as of Wednesday morning and is also 75 percent contained. 

The fire, which began July 20, has caused Forest Road 376 to close from Gilman Tunnels to Porter Landing. 

The blaze is in a remote location on Mesa Venado 1.5 miles north of Deer Creek Landing. 

A temporary area closure remains in effect and also includes Forest Road 376 and Forest Road 488.

Due to the location and elevation, smoke is expected to linger in Gilman, Jemez Pueblo, and areas near NM State Route 4. Communities along US-550 including San Ysidro, Zia Pueblo, Bernalillo and Rio Rancho will also see smoke. 

There are currently 25 personnel battling the blaze.

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