Sardinas Canyon Fire – July 7, 2018 Update

Acres: Approximately 2,337 acres

Percent Containment: 21%

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: 60 personnel, 4 engines, 1 dozer, 1 road grader, 1 rapid extraction module, and 1 excavator

Isolated rains scattered the region yesterday with light to moderate rain fall on the fire area. Fire behavior remained minimal and no longer produced visible smoke to the surrounding communities. The chance of rain today will be less with a higher maximum temperature.

All structure protection equipment has been removed from Forest Road 76, including sprinkler kits, hose lays, pumpkins (water tanks), plumbing, pumps and flagging.  Chipping operations will continue today, contingent on the weather and ability to move equipment on increasingly wetter roads.  An excavator has been brought in for dozer line repair work.  Crews completed hand line restoration around the La Junta Summer Homes. Firefighters continue to monitor perimeter to ensure lines are holding.

A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team has been created to gather information to evaluate potential threats to public safety, life and National Federal System property associated with post-fire conditions. This team is assessing preventative treatments and emergency stabilization for fire related problems such as soil erosion, flooding and increased sedimentation as a result from loss of vegetation. The BAER process begins by determining and implementing actions that will limit threats to human life and safety. Additionally, the team will evaluate how potential flooding will affect roads and developed campsites downstream, such as Upper La Junta and Duran Campgrounds.

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).  Forest conditions and weather forecasts continue to be monitored daily. Your patience is appreciated.  Additional closure information can be found on the Carson National Forest webpage:

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.

Sardinas Canyon Fire Info:




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


7/7/18 Sardinas Canyon Fire
Crews remove previously cut vegetation by processing the slash through a chipper. The processed chips remain on site for soil stabilization along FS road 76.
Photo taken by Safety Officer TC Smith on 7/6/2018

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