Firing Operations to Increase on Cuerno Fire This Weekend

Sept. 16, 2016

Location:  13 miles southeast of Coyote and                  Size:  430 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 plan to take advantage of the forecasted favorable weather conditions over the weekend to increase firing operations.  This increase in operations is expected to produce more visible smoke.  The lightning caused fire has slowly grown to approximately 430-acres and continues consume ground fuels and large woody debris.  Fire crews will remain camped out near the perimeter throughout the weekend.  The fire remains on top of the mesa and is south of all the structures in the Cañones Creek drainage.

Smoke:  Smoke visibility is expected to increase from the Cuerno Fire and 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.  Updates will also be available on the New Mexico Fire Information website at, @SantaFeNF and



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