Carson National Forest Bonita Wildfire Update


Location:     El Rito Ranger District

Bonita Canyon

19 miles North of El Rito

9 miles North of Cañon Plaza

Size:  Approx. 600 acres

Containment:  5%

Cause:  Lightning

Start Date: June 3, 2017



El Rito, NM, June 13, 2017—For Immediate Release. Strong afternoon winds pushed the fire to the east increasing the size to 600 acres. Firefighters continue to construct indirect line where safe given the steep, rugged terrain.   Ground and aerial ignitions may be used in the future to rob the fire of fuel and prevent further movement of the fire once containment lines are prepared.  The short term weather forecast calls for continued hot, dry weather with low humidity for the next few days resulting in critical fire weather conditions.

A closure order for those lands located within the boundaries of the Bonita Fire Area remains in effect. For information regarding the forest closure contact the El Rito Ranger District at (575) 581-4554.

The area within Forest roads 42, 42F and 274 is closed due to the proximity of the fire and heavy fire traffic.

The Continental Divide Trail is not within the closure area. Hikers, bicyclists and recreationists are advised that smoke may impact the area and create breathing difficulties.

People with respiratory problems and smoke-sensitive individuals are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Smoke may be visible from the communities of Tres Piedras, Ojo Caliente, Cañon Plaza, Vallecitos, La Madera, and El Rito.  Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health’s website at The American Red Cross can be contacted at (505) 265-8514 for smoke related health concerns.

For fire information, please call the Bonita Fire Information Line at (575) 758-6345 from 8:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M., or visit Inciweb, Carson National Forest Facebook page or Twitter @CarsonNF.


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