Cuerno Fire to Proceed with Management to Meet Multiple Objectives (Santa Fe NF)

August 20, 2016

Location:  13 miles southeast of Coyote and                    Size:  36 acres           
   10 miles southwest of Abiquiu
on top of La Mesita del Cañoncito Seco

Start Date:  Aug. 1, 2016                                             Structures Threatened:  None

Cause:  Lightning                                                         Percent Contained:  0%

Objectives:  Mitigate the risk of future high-intensity destructive wildfires that could potentially devastate the watershed and cause flooding in the village of Cañones.  Improve forest health and promote the growth of grasses and shrubs that provide habitat for game and non-game species.

Summary:  Fire managers have decided to move forward with the management of the Cuerno Fire to meet multiple objectives.  Crews are preparing an area surrounding the present location of the fire to include a possible addition of between 221 and 1,000 acres.  Firing operations will begin as soon as conditions are favorable and may continue into September.  Acreage will be divided into small daily increments to minimize smoke impacts on the surrounding communities. The Cuerno Fire has received minimal rain the last few days however the fire is still continuing to consume heavy fuels as it creeps through the grass and needle cast.

Smoke:  Smoke from the Cuerno Fire may be visible from Coyote, Abiquiu, Ghost Ranch, State Highway 96 and US Highway 84.  Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems are encouraged to take precautionary measures.  Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health’s website at

For information about the Cuerno Fire contact the Coyote Ranger District at 575-638-5526 ext. 1150.  Updates will also be available on the New Mexico Fire Information website at, @SantaFeNF and


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