Carson National Forest- Potrero Fire – June 23, 2019 Daily Update

Size: 10 acres

Date detected: Friday, June 21

Cause: Lightning

Location: Carson NF, El Rito Ranger District, west of El Rito Canyon, T26N R7E Section 30

Growth Potential: Low to Moderate

Vegetation: Ponderosa Pine

Resources: 3 engines, 1- 20 person handcrew

Current status: Yesterday firefighters took advantage of the light precipitation over the fire area. Cooler wet weather contributed to minimal fire behavior, allowing firefighters to construct containment lines around most of the fire perimeter.  Firefighters will continue to secure and monitor containment lines and extinguish hot spots around the perimeter of the fire as needed.  The fire is presently 80% contained at 10 acres.  A lightning struck tree was found in the fire area.    

After carefully evaluating the fire’s location including values at risk, the fuels it is burning in, and current and predicted weather, fire managers will not consider the Potrero Fire for management for resource benefit. Therefore the fire will be fully suppressed.  Firefighters will continue to assess and engage this fire, taking into consideration public and firefighter safety as the number one priority.

The Northern New Mexico Type 3 Incident Management Team took command over the fire yesterday and is under the same organization as the Gurule Fire.  This will provide adequate resources to the firefighters and will help to maintain firefighter and public safety.  The Potrero Fire will remain a separate incident and will continue to be fully suppressed.

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-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 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 Fly for more information on drones and wildfires.

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Pictures taken on the evening of June 21 on the Potrero Fire- initial response.

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