Carson NF – 9/9/19 Montoya Springs Fire Final Update

Northern New Mexico Type 3 Incident Management Team

Jamie Long – Incident Commander

Fire Information: (575) 684-2489

-September 9, 2019-

Date detected: Thursday, August 29

Size: 2,950 acres

Cause: Lightning

Location: Carson NF, Canjilon Ranger District, 2 miles east of Canjilon, NM

Containment: 75%

Vegetation: Oak brush, grass, ponderosa pine, piñon and juniper

Resources: Four Type 6 engines and miscellaneous overhead, 25 total personnel

Current Status: Little growth on the Montoya Springs Fire occurred yesterday. Minimal fire behavior is expected unless there are significant changes to weather conditions. Firefighters will be patrolling and monitoring the perimeter. No more growth outside of the control lines is expected; however, light interior smoke may still be visible over the next several days.

Fire managers, along with resource specialists take great care to evaluate multiple objectives when wildfires occur. Strategic and tactical decisions for fire incidents apply deliberate examination and assessment of public values and risk to firefighter and public safety. Firefighter and public safety, public values and forest health are priorities when managing wildfires. To ensure success, decisions are continually evaluated by agency administrators, fire managers and resource specialists.

The Montoya Springs Fire will transition to a Type 4 organization managed by the local district this evening at 6:00 pm. This will be the final update for the incident unless significant activity occurs.

Incident Commander Jamie Long, on behalf of his entire team, would like to extend sincere thanks for the cooperation, patience, and gracious welcome we experienced in your communities while assigned to this wildfire.

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, visit For information on the HEPA filter loan program, go to

For more fire information visit InciWeb at or call the Canjilon Ranger District at (575) 684-2489.

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