Carson NF- Gurule Fire – June 22, 2019 Daily Update

Size: 2,360 acres

Date detected: Friday, June 7

Cause: Lightning

Location: Carson NF, El Rito Ranger District, west of El Rito Canyon, T26N R6E Section 11

Growth Potential: low to moderate

Vegetation: Mixed conifer

Resources: 4 engines, 1 helicopter, 1 crew, 35 personnel (supporting Potrero & Gurule Fire)

Current status: Yesterday hand firing operations focused on reinforcing portions of the containment lines along Forest Road 559 and on the east flank of the fire.  A cold front is expected to push southeastward through the southern Tusas Mountains and the fire location this evening, bringing gusty and erratic winds.  Crews will monitor and patrol the fire and engage with hand firing operations based on fire activity and weather conditions.

Resources from the Gurule fire responded to a new start yesterday, named the Potrero Fire.  The Potrero Fire is located 7 miles northwest of El Rito, north of Potrero Falls on the El Rito Ranger District of the Carson National Forest.  Firefighters engaged the fire last night, utilizing ground and helicopter resources from the Gurule Fire.  The fire is approximately 12 acres and is burning in timber. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

Advisories: Smoke may be visible from the communities of Abiquiu, Canjilon, Ojo Caliente, Cañon Plaza, Vallecitos, La Madera, and El Rito, Tres Piedras and may continue to show for several days. Smoke may settle into lower elevations and in drainage areas during the evenings but should lift by mid-morning.

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 575-224-6338 to check out a HEPA filter.

A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place over the Gurule 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 (Temporary Flight Restriction) in effect or not. Visit and Know Before You Go for more information on drones and wildfires.

Public Line: (575) 224-6338 (8 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

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