Carson National Forest Continues to Monitor 1860 Fire

Start date:  Tuesday, July 18

Cause:  Lightning

Location:  Carson NF, Canjilon Ranger District, Pinabete Mocho area.  Approximately 4.5 miles east/southeast of the community of Canjilon; east of U.S. Highway 84, east of Forest Road 137

Size:  50 acres

Growth Potential:  low to moderate

Resources:  Two Type 6 engines with 6 personnel

Vegetation:  Primarily ponderosa pine with pinyon/juniper and grass understory

The lightning caused 1860 Fire on the Canjilon Ranger District of the Carson National Forest continues to be monitored by fire personnel. When the fire initially started on July 18th fire managers began a methodical process to determine if the fire could successfully be managed to achieve multiple resource benefits. By allowing the fire to continue to play its natural role in the ecosystem, this low intensity fire could reduce thick, dense forest fuels, improve forest and watershed health, enhance wildlife habitat and protect nearby communities.

The fire was monitored throughout the weekend and only minimal fire behavior was observed due to increased moisture. The fire continues to slowly creep through ponderosa pine litter and consume dead and down timber. The fire is located within the Pinabete Mocho area, east of Forest Road 137, south of Lopez Canyon, north of Forest Road 636, and west of Laguna Pinabete Mocho.

Fire managers are still evaluating if resource objectives can be met despite the wet conditions. Significant rainfall can result in fire having undesirable effects on the landscape.  Careful consideration is being made to ensure that conditions are not too wet.

Advisories:  The public should use caution if traveling along U.S. Highway 84 and New Mexico State Road 115.  Smoke may be visible from the Canjilon area over the course of the week.  Smoke can hurt your eyes, irritate your respiratory system, and intensify chronic heart and lung problems.  Your eyes are your best tools to determine if it’s safe to be outside.  If you are having health effects from smoke exposure then take extra care to stay inside or get to an area with better air quality.  You should also see your doctor or healthcare professional as needed.  For information on air quality and protecting your health, and to find guidelines on distances and visibility, please visit

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