The Forest Service released its “final update” on the Gallo Peak Fire, which as of last week remains at 200 acres after fire suppression activities were initiated.
“Last weekend, fire managers transitioned to a suppression strategy to prevent the fire from becoming established in heavier fuels and to keep it from reaching the Crest Trail,” the press release says. “Firefighters have constructed control line with the support of helicopter bucket drops to reduce hot spots. The fire has not grown since suppression efforts were initiated.”
The Forest Service said responders have included a Type 2 hand crew, a Hot Shot crew and several engines, with agencies including the Forest Service, Isleta Pueblo and Bernalillo County.
“Firefighters will continue to patrol and monitor the fire to ensure that the lines hold,” the press release says. “Management actions will continue to be based upon safety and the probability of success with firefighter and public safety the most important objectives. Fire behavior is expected to be minimal, but the public can expect to see smoke as interior pockets of fuel continue to burn.”
For more information on the Gallo Peak Fire, contact the Mountainair Ranger District at 505-847-2990.
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