Final Update: Horseshoe Fire on Santa Fe National Forest 100% Contained

Final update 8:30 p.m.


  • Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest
  • West of the community of La Cueva and east of Forest Road 376
  • Latitude and Longitude: 35°52’30″N 106°39’18″W

Start Date:  May 6, 2016

Size:  Approximately 2.3 total acres                            Percent Contained: 100% as of 7:30 p.m.

Cause:  Downed power line                                                  Growth Potential:  Low

Vegetation:  Ponderosa pine, pine litter               

Summary:  A falling tree apparently struck a power line in two places, igniting a fire that was reported by the Cerro Pelado Lookout Tower at 4:30 p.m. Fire crews quickly responded and had the fire 100% contained by 7:30 p.m.  Crews will continue mop-up operations throughout the night.  Fire investigators from the US Forest Service are on the scene conducting an investigation.  The communities around the fire area will be without power for 4-5 hours while the utility company continues maintenance on the power lines.

Structures Threatened:  None

Resources Assigned:

  • Firefighters:  One US Forest Service hand crew
  • Engines:  Five engines, including resources from Jemez Ranger District, Bandelier National Monument, La Cueva Volunteer Fire Department, New Mexico State Forestry Returning Heroes, and Sandoval County Fire Department, responded. 

Fire Information:  Horseshoe Fire Information (505) 438-5321.Updates will be posted on the New Mexico Fire Information website at and on @SantaFeNFand


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