June 24 – Sardinas Canyon Fire

Taos, NM (June 24, 2018) – For Immediate Release.  On June 24 firefighters responded to the Sardinas Canyon Fire on the Camino Real Ranger District, Carson National Forest.  The fire is currently 75 acres and is burning in steep, rugged terrain, 5 air miles southeast of Pot Creek in Sardinas Canyon.

Resources on scene include 1 hotshot crew, 4 engines, 1 air attack, 2 dozers, and 5 helicopters.  No structures are threatened at this time.  Forest Service Road 442 is closed to protect public safety.

Mora, Chacon, Holman, and other local communities may be impacted by smoke because of prevailing winds. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory or heart disease 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 https://nmtracking.org/fire.

The Carson National Forest is currently in Stage 2 Fire Restrictions in order to reduce human-caused fires and protect public safety.  Forest conditions and the availability of resources will be re-evaluated tomorrow for other potential closures.

A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place over the fire. Unauthorized use of unmanned aircraft (also known as “drones”) in a fire area endangers the lives of pilots and firefighters and is strictly forbidden. Never fly unmanned aircraft over or near a wildfire whether there is a TFR (Temporary Flight Restriction) in effect or not. It is always dangerous to fly over or near a wildfire. If you fly, someone could die! Visit https://www.nifc.gov/drones and Know Before You Go for more information on drones and wildfires.

Fire updates are posted on the New Mexico Fire Information website at https://nmfireinfo.com/ and on Twitter @CarsonNF and Facebook at www.facebook.com/CarsonNF/.  For more information, contact Carson National Forest, Jim Gumm at (575) 491-6748.

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