Carson National Forest Responds to Lightning Caused Fires

On June 4th firefighters from the Carson National Forest responded to multiple lightning caused fires on the forest. All fires were contained that same day.

There were four lightning caused fires on the Jicarilla Ranger District that totaled .75 acres.

On the Camino Real Ranger District, there were three lightning caused fires that totaled .65 acres. One fire was located southeast of the community of Ojo Sarco. Another fire was located near Forest Roads 668A and 639 south of Hodges Campground and west of Santa Barbara campground. A third fire was located off of Forest Road 160 in Osha Canyon.

In addition, firefighters responded to an illegal campfire on June 2nd at El Rito Campground. Despite a few instances of illegal campfires since Stage 2 fire restrictions were put into effect, the public has complied with the restrictions which has allowed firefighters to focus on lightning caused fires and achieve rapid containment.

We realize that it is an inconvenience to not have a campfire in the forest but it is imperative that the public continues to adhere to the fire restrictions to keep our firefighters and communities safe.

The Carson National Forest is not conducting any prescribed fires at this time and doesn’t plan to do so until much later in the year. Any future prescribed fires will be communicated through a news release and posted on our webpage and Facebook page.

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