Sardinas Canyon Fire – July 3, 2018 Update

Acres: Approximately 2,307 acres

Percent Containment: 12%

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

Crews have increased containment and safety will continue to be first priority. Firefighters will continue to 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 secure and monitor the eastern and northern flanks while patrolling along Forest Road 76. Crews are constantly scouting to look for direct line opportunities. Air Operations proceed to employ helicopters to aid suppression efforts.

The Community of Vadito can expect smoke to reach unhealthy levels between 9 pm and 9 am. 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, seniors, children, pregnant persons & people with respiratory or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. With the increase of fires in the region smoke from other incidents may impact local communities. Information on air quality and protecting your health using the 5-3-1 visibility method can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health’s website

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 skies expected in the morning. A chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms developing this afternoon may produce gusty, erratic winds from the west 6 to 8 miles per hour. Precipitation is expected to increase from 10 to 50 percent in the afternoon.

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). Additional closure information can be found on 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 in effect or not.

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