Fire in the San Mateos

The North Fire is burning about 7,600 acres in the San Mateos, 25 miles SW of Magdalena. According to the Cibola Nat’l Forest news release the fire is “moving down ridge lines” in Water Canyon, on the southern edge of the Withington Wilderness, heading east.  Lightning caused, which is good (man-made forest fires somehow make me feel personally guilty, even though I’m always careful to drown and bury my own campfires) and the Forest Svc. is quite properly allowing it to burn while monitoring its progress to keep it from getting out of control. Wildfires make for healthy forests, but I still hate to see them burn.


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