Crews fight lightning-caused blaze near Bandelier

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Forest Service officials are reporting that a small lightning-caused fire in the Jemez Ranger District at Forest Road 289 near Bandelier National Monument.

The fire started Wednesday was last reported to be 15 acres.

Fire crews had three engines and a 12-person hand crew on the scene and one helicopter.
Winds were blowing in 10-mph gusts.

“Local communities may be impacted by smoke because of prevailing winds. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures,” according to a release issued by the Forest Service.

Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health’s website at https://nmtracking.org/fire.