Latest: Bear Trap Fire

The Bear Trap Fire is currently burning in Bear Trap Canyon, the San Mateo Mountains, the Magdalena Ranger District and the Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands.

As of May 19, the fire stands at:

  • Acreage — 19,148 acres (was 17,122 acres)
  • Containment — 28% (no change)
  • Personnel — 738 (no change)
  • Start — May 1; Cause: Undetermined
  • Fuels — Pine, pinyon-juniper, grass 

Air quality updates and an interactive smoke map are available online.


The Bear Trap fire was first detected May 1 at 12 p.m. It expanded to just over 800 acres as of May 2 and expanded to 2,309 acres as of May 4. It ballooned to over 6,000 acres, as of May 9, following a weekend of critical fire danger conditions. The fire has now expanded to over 19,000 acres and activity is highest on the southern edge as the fire is spreading slowly with less intensity as it is moving against the wind.