Sardinas Canyon Fire – June 27, 2018 Update

Sardinas Canyon Fire – June 27, 2018 Update

Acres: Approximately 800 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, 18 miles southeast of Taos, New Mexico

Resources: 144 personnel, 4 crews, 4 engines, 3 dozers, 3 helicopters, 1 fixed wing aircraft, 1 skidgen, and 1 road grader

Yesterday, the majority of the fire growth was on the east flank which remains west of Forest Service Road 76.  Today, firefighters focus their efforts on the south and southeast flanks of the fire.  Crews plan to prep and hold Forest Service Road 76, keeping the fire from advancing east of Forest Service road 76.  Expect fire growth to the east and southeast due to the forecasted wind winds todayFirefighters will continue to utilize air resources to help slow the progression of the fire to the southeast.  Fire activity will be similar to today’s fire behavior due to hot and dry condition.

Due to the remote location and rough terrain firefighters are implementing tactics that will yield a high probability of success while allowing for the safety of firefighters.  Additional management actions will be further determined by fire activity, weather, and continued progression of the fire and forest closure.

There will be a community meeting about the Sardinas Canyon fire on Thursday, June 28th at 6:00p.m. in the board room at the Mora Independent School at #10 Ranger Drive in Mora, New Mexico.  Incident management team personnel and fire cooperators will provide an update on the fire.

Mora, Chacon, Holman, Angel Fire, Black Lake, Taos, Peñasco, Ranchos De Taos, Talpa, Pot Creek, Tres Ritos, Valle Escondido, and Taos Canyon 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.

Camino Real Ranger District on the Carson National Forest is closed, prohibiting public access to the forest.  Today, Wednesday, June 27 the Carson National Forest will also close (with the exception of the Jicarilla Ranger District and Eagle Rock Lake on the Questa Ranger District will remain open during daylight hours).  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 and Know Before You Go for more information on drones and wildfires.

Sardinas Canyon Fire Info: (air quality info, maps, etc.) and




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