Fire lights Holdup Canyon

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A lightning fire was spotted Friday evening about 45 miles southwest of Magdelena in the area of San Mateo Canyon.

“There is no threat to any structures in that area,” said Cindy Wolfe, district fire information officer.

As of Tuesday, the fire has burned 200 acres located in extremely steep and rugged terrain, and is burning in ponderosa pine, grass and juniper.

There is zero containment, but there are no structures being threatened at this time.

“This fire is on the southwest area of the Magdalena Ranger District,” Wolfe said.

The fire is active on both the north and east flank of Holdup Canyon.

“I would say it came in with a dry lightning last week,” she said. “It’s just moving along, picking up pockets of fuel.”

Limited fire progression existed yesterday on the north flank of the fire. Today’s fire operation calls for fire crews to suppress the fire along the east flank of the fire. According to a National Forest release, the objective is to hold the fire to the west end of the San Mateo Canyon drainage.

“We were able to staff additional resources today,” Wolfe said. “We were fortunate to have the resources we got.”

She said national resources are stretched because of fires in the northwest area of the United States.

A total of 25 fire personnel are working the fire, including a hotshot crew, type 6 engine and a fire line EMT.

Lightning is the probable cause of the Holdup Fire. There are no fire restrictions currently in place on the Magdalena Ranger District of the Cibola National forest.