Sardinas Canyon Fire – July 9, 2018 Update

Acres: Approximately 2,337 acres

Percent Containment: 40%

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: 45 personnel, 3 engines, 1 dozer, 1 rapid extraction module, 1 road grader and 1 excavator

Fire containment reaches 40 percent, rain and clouds assist with holding perimeter lines. Additional showers and thunderstorms are predicted today. The Northern New Mexico Type 3 Incident Management Team will be transitioning the incident back to the local unit on Tuesday, July 10, at 6 am.

The road grader completed rehabilitation on Forest Roads impacted by fire suppression efforts, this will continue today, conditions allowing.  Firefighters worked with resource advisors to widen washes for efficient water runoff.  Significantly muddy roads prohibited more work from being completed.  Any unfinished rehabilitation will be transferred back to the local unit for completion when favorable conditions allow.

A community meeting is planned for Thursday July 12 at 5:30 pm at the Peñasco Community Center at 14136 NM-75, Peñasco, NM 87553. Carson National Forest Staff and Fire Managers will be on hand to answer questions about the Sardinas Canyon fire and post suppression activities.

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.)

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