Carson National Forest – New Wildfire – Potrero Fire 06/21/19

Date detected: Friday, June 21
Cause: Unknown
Location: Carson NF, El Rito Ranger District, Potrero Springs, T26N R7E Section 30
Size: Approximately 12 acres
Growth Potential: Moderate
Resources: 4 engines, 1 helicopter, 1 hand-crew
Vegetation: Timber

Taos, NM—June 21, 2019— On the afternoon of June 21 a fire was reported approximately 7 miles northwest of the community of El Rito.  Firefighters located the fire north of Potrero Falls.  The cause of the fire is unknown at this time, and is exhibiting moderate fire behavior.  Firefighters have engaged the fire and are utilizing ground resources as well as helicopter support.  The fire is burning in timber and is approximately 12 acres.

Advisories: If the fire increases in size, smoke may be visible from the El Rito area.  Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with heart or respiratory problems are encouraged to take precautionary measures.

For information on air quality and protecting your health, please visit  For information on the HEPA filter loan program, go to or contact the El Rito Ranger District at 575-581-4554.

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