Valles Caldera to manage 200-acre Redondo Fire

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Last week, lightning ignited a single tree near Redondo Meadow within Valles Caldera National Preserve. Fire crews monitored the Redondo Fire over the weekend.

Given favorable conditions, including monsoonal rains, high humidity and the availability of fire crews, National Park Service officials intend to manage the fire within a 200-acre area to reduce undesired fire behavior in the future. 

“Wildfire is a natural component of our forest and grassland ecosystems, and when conditions permit, we strive to safely manage these naturally-caused fires,” said Valles Caldera Superintendent Jorge Silva-Bañuelos. “The goal of the managed fire is to bring positive benefits to the landscape by removing the dead and downed fuels that have accumulated since the 2013 Thompson Ridge Fire.”

For the duration of the Redondo Fire, the superintendent has issued a closure order for the area and the road into Redondo Meadow.

Smoke is expected to be visible during fire operations through the week and possibly into the weekend. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures.

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