Sardinas Canyon Fire – July 4, 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: 144 personnel, 2 crews, 7 engines, 2 dozers, 3 helicopters, 4 water tenders, 1 road grader, 1 ambulance, 1 rapid extraction module and 1 skidgen

Firefighter safety remains the top incident priority as crews continue to work both directly and indirectly to establish containment lines around the perimeter of the fire. Portions of the fire are in holding and monitoring stages.  Indirect line construction and prepping will continue on the northwest flank of the fire.

Weather; partly cloudy skies early will give way to mostly cloudy skies in the afternoon with a 40 percent chance of precipitation, with gusty and erratic winds associated with developing storms likely.

Today’s events; Public Information Officers from the Sardinas Canyon Fire and the Carson National Forest will be available at the Taos Ski Valley Fourth of July Celebration from 12 pm to 3 pm and the Hometown Fourth of July Celebration at Kit Carson Park in Taos from 4 pm to 7:30 pm.  Information officers will provide information about the fire and the forest closure.

The Community of Vadito can expect smoke to reach moderate 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 also be impacted. Smoke-sensitive individuals, seniors, children, pregnant persons and people with respiratory or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Other fires in the region may contribute to additional smoke impacts. 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

The fire has been confirmed to be human caused; Specific cause is still under investigation with details to be released once the investigation has been completed.

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). 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.  Visit for more information on drones and wildfires.

Sardinas Canyon Fire Info:

Air Quality: and




Public Line: (575) 737-8784 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

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