June 25 Sardinas Canyon Fire Update

Sardinas Canyon Fire – June 25, 2018 Daily Update

Acres: 85 acres

Percent Containment: 0%

Start Date: June 24, 2018, 2:09pm

Cause: Unknown, under investigation

Jurisdiction: Carson National Forest, Camino Real Ranger District

Fuels: Aspen, high altitude mixed conifer, and sub-alpine fir

Origin Location: Sardinas Canyon, 15 miles southeast of Taos NM

Resources: 120 personnel, 4 crews, 4 engines, 3 dozers, 1 air attack, and 3 helicopters

The Sardinas Canyon Fire, located 15 miles southeast of Taos, New Mexico is burning in rugged, remote terrain. The Northern Mexico Type 3 Team assumed command of the fire this evening.  Fire managers evaluated a planned perimeter further out from the fires’ edge using existing roads and terrain features to construct indirect fireline.  Firefighters utilized air resources to help slow the progress of the fire spread to the north.  Overall, fire activity is moderate with single tree torching and creeping.  Yesterday, airtankers dropped multiple loads of retardant on the northeast edge of the fire.

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.

Effective immediately the Camino Real Ranger District on the Carson National Forest is closed, prohibiting public access to the forest.  All activities are prohibited including recreation and wood gathering on the Carson National Forest.  Campgrounds, trails and trailheads, and National Forest System roads will be closed to the general public.  County and state roads that cross Forest Service lands are not under the Forest Service’s jurisdiction and will remain open to vehicular traffic.  Additional closure information can be found online at the Carson National Forest webpage.

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.  Visit https://www.nifc.gov/drones and Know Before You Go for more information on drones and wildfires.

Sardinas Canyon Fire Info: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5868/ (air quality info, maps, etc.) and http://nmfireinfo.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CarsonNF/

Twitter: @CarsonNF

Email: sardinascanyonfireinfo@gmail.com

Public Line: (575) 737-8784 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.)


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