Sardinas Canyon Fire – June 30, 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: 197 personnel, 4 crews, 10 engines, 3 dozers, 3 helicopters, 1 fixed wing, 1 road grader, 1 ambulance, 1 rapid extraction module and 1 skidgen

Dozer line tied in along south western flank of fire on steep hillsides. Firefighters continue to monitor dozer lines and make improvements along the southern edge. Crews proceeded to scout for new starts relating to the dry thunderstorms that were received on Thursday. Expect cloud cover in the late morning moving into warming temperatures and sunshine in the afternoon. The arrival of sunshine may produce more smoke and increased fire activity in the area.

North, northwest winds may allow for fire growth along the perimeter. These winds would push the fire further up into the mountains, away from the surrounding communities. This fire would produce moderate flanking and creeping through the mixed conifer and quaking aspen flora.

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. 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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