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Park Superintendent Jorge Silva-Bañuelos looks out at the San Antonio Fire Friday in the Valles Caldera National Preserve. The fire remained uncontained Monday and was holding to 500 acres.
San Antonio Fire holding at 500 acres

The San Antonio Fire in the Valles Caldera Preserve is holding at 500 acres Monday as crews work around the effects of a Saturday night thunderstorm, which made access roads slippery and muddy over the weekend.

Preserve officials said the rain has not slowed the fire.

“With an increase in temperature and lowering of humidity, roads and vegetation are drying, which may contribute to higher fire activity. Yesterday's reconnaissance flight indicated multiple spot fires on the northwest perimeter of the fire,” said Valles Caldera Preserve Spokesperson Kimberly DeVall.

“The Albuquerque Zone Incident Management Type 3 Team spent (Saturday) planning a course of action to tackle the areas of the fire that are in steep, rough terrain and accessible only by foot,” DeVall said.

According to DeVall, inclement weather and steep, rough terrain has slowed efforts to fight the fire, located in the northwest area of the preserve.

“Part of the issue is that it takes a lot of time for the crew to travel out to the site. We have rough roads, and then there’s the steep terrain and some spotting in some areas,” DeVall said. “So it’s a little harder to combat all those little individual areas.”

A Saturday thunderstorm hindered efforts. The fire remains uncontained.

Crews are setting up containment lines around the fire, and will continue to do so Monday.