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Lightning strikes spark more wildfires in SF National Forest

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Saturday firefighters responded to four lightning caused fires as a result of yesterday’s thunderstorm.

The Rattlesnake, Alameda and San Antonio fires—all located on the west side of the Forest within the Jemez Mountains—have been contained. The fires ranged in size from .10 to .25 acres.

Firefighters are still working to contain the Aragon fire, also burning in the Jemez Mountains.

Fire Name: Aragon

Time/Date Reported: 10:02 a.m. on June 29, 2013

Location: Coyote Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest; approximately 18 northeast of Gallina, NM.

Legal Description: T26N, R2E, Sec 16

Cause: Lightning

Fuels: ponderosa pine and oak

Size: 20 to 30 acres

% Contained: 0%

Resources Committed: Two engines, two chase trucks and one Type 2 helicopter.

Today’s Weather: Partly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms.

Structures/threats: None

Summary: This afternoon two engines, two chases trucks and one Type 2 helicopter worked to suppress the fire. All ground and aerial resources have been removed from the fire due to heavy rain and hail.