Carson National Forest – Potrero Fire – June 24, 2019 Final 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

Vegetation: Ponderosa Pine

Resources: 3 engines

Current Status: Firefighters will continue work to secure containment lines around the perimeter of the fire as needed.  The Potrero fire is 80% contained.

This will be the final update for the Potrero Fire from the Incident Management Team. The Potrero Fire will transition from the Type 3 Organization to a lower complexity Type 4 Organization tomorrow morning at 7:00 a.m.  The Carson National Forest will provide additional information if significant activity occurs.

Advisories: Smoke may be visible from the communities of Abiquiu, Canjilon, Ojo Caliente, Cañon Plaza, Vallecitos, La Madera, El Rito, and Tres Piedras.  Smoke 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 the El Rito Ranger District to check out a HEPA filter.

If you have any questions, please contact the El Rito Ranger District at, 575-581-4554.




Firefighters conduct a night patrol on the Potrero Fire. -File photo US Forest Service.

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