Sardinas Canyon Fire – July 2, 2018 Update

Acres: Approximately 2,248 acres
Percent Containment: 0%
Start Date: June 24, 2018, 2:09pm
Cause: Human, 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: 164 personnel, 3 crews, 7 engines, 2 dozers, 3 helicopters, 3 water tenders, 1 road grader, 1 ambulance, 1 rapid extraction module and 1 skidgen

Investigation is ongoing; however, the fire has been determined to be human caused. Details will be made available by law enforcement once the investigation is completed.

Today, partly cloudy expected in the morning. A chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms developing this afternoon may produce gusty, erratic winds from the southwest 4 to 8 miles per hour. Precipitation is expected to increase from 10 to 40 percent in the afternoon.

Firefighters will utilize previously established dozer lines while continuing to improve and secure the western flank of the fire along the Forest Service 442 road and Forest Road 1889 to the south. Crews will continue to secure and monitor the eastern flanks while patrolling along Forest Road 76. Air Operations proceed to employ helicopters to aid suppression efforts.

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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