7/27/18 Lightning Caused Wildfires across the Forest

Taos, NM (July 27, 2018) – For Immediate Release.  Within the past 4 weeks, Carson National Forest fire personnel responded to 28 lightning-caused wildfire ignitions.  Lightning-caused wildfires are a common occurrence during the monsoon season, typically late-June through July.

The Lobo Fire located 2 miles east of San Cristobal in the Columbine Hondo Wilderness has not grown since July 19 and remains at 7 acres.  The fire has received continuous monsoonal moisture to where no smoke has been visible for several days.

The Long Fire located just above the community of Lama, within the Columbine Hondo Wilderness was reported on July 23.  The 1/3 acre lightning-caused fire was burning on the border of private property and the Columbine Hondo Wilderness area.  Firefighters constructed line around the fire to keep it from spreading due to the close proximity to private lands.

Fire managers continue to monitor both the Lobo and the Long fire.  Monsoonal moisture is expected to continue in the area so growth potential is expected to be minimal to none.

The Sardinas Canyon Fire, located 18 miles southeast of Taos, New Mexico remains 50 percent contained.  The area closure around the fire is still in effect for public safety.  Forest officials will continue to evaluate when these roads can be re-opened for public use after the monsoons.

Fire updates are posted on the New Mexico Fire Information website at nmfireinfo.com, http://www.twitter/CarsonNF, http://www.facebook.com/CarsonNF, or contact the Public Affairs Office at (575) 758 6286.

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072718 Lightning Caused Fire across Forest

 

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