Sardinas Canyon Fire – July 6, 2018 Update

Acres: Approximately 2,337 acres

Percent Containment: 20%

Start Date: June 24, 2018, 2:09 pm

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: 65 personnel, 1 crew, 4 engines, 1 dozers, 1 helicopters, 1 road grader, 1 rapid extraction module and 1 skidgen

Heavy rains were received yesterday and should continue all day today. With heavy rains, fire behavior was minimal with smoldering and creeping fire behavior. Firefighters removed the structural protection around the La Junta Summer homes. Carson National Forest will remain closed indefinitely due to the continued high risk of fire, falling debris and potential flooding. Patience is appreciated.

Crews continue to mop up and remove hazard trees from trafficked areas for firefighter and public safety in Sardinas Canyon. Crews had previously cut vegetation to assist in suppression efforts and will chip it when weather allows. This process creates smaller pieces of wood left behind to aid in soil restoration along Forest Road 76. Indirect hand line will be constructed along western flank to Forest Road 439, weather contingent.

Expect to see a potential change in acreage as better mapping becomes available.  Due to safety concerns and over exposure, fire managers are unwilling to commit resources for an accurate GPS measurement. Expected growth may be minimal due to moderate fire activity over the last few days.

Surrounding communities may be impacted by smoke because of prevailing winds.  Smoke-sensitive individuals, seniors, children, pregnant persons and 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.

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.  Visit for more information on drones and wildfires.

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