Sardinas Canyon Fire – June 29, 2018 Update

Acres: Approximately 1,859 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: 186 personnel, 4 crews, 6 engines, 6 dozers, 4 helicopters, 1 fixed wing, 1 road grader and 1 skidgen

Firefighters smothered new start by Gallegos Park utilizing aircraft with ground resources returning to the area today. Dry thunderstorms moved through the area yesterday afternoon and are expected again today. Dry thunderstorms produced lightning and light to moderate rain over the southeastern flank of the fire which decreased fire activity. Cloud cover moved into the area in early afternoon yesterday, aiding in firefighting actions. Expect erratic wind and dry thunderstorms today.

Firefighters will attempt to put direct line on the southern fire boundary if they can find a safe entry point to do so. The terrain is steep and rugged, limiting access for engines and fire personnel. Crews will continue to scout and prep indirect lines where possible. Westward winds continued to blow the fire back into the black, limiting westward growth. The fire continues to grow north and east. Firefighters successfully installed a sprinkler system around the La Junta Summer Home community. Dozer lines were created and improved in the area adding additional protection to the structures. A fire archaeologist will be joining the team to protect the culturally sensitive areas in this country.

There are no community meetings planned for today regarding the Sardinas Canyon Fire and level three forest closure. Community meetings are being planned for future dates.

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 activity is low in the morning but increases with temperature and wind in the afternoon. It is common to smell smoke in the evening but disseminates in the late morning due to inversions. 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.

The Carson National Forest is closed, prohibiting public access to the forest (with the exception of the Jicarilla Ranger District, Eagle Rock Lake and Mallette Park 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.
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