Amole Fire Progressing as Planned

Location:  Carson NF, Camino Real RD, between the Amole Group Shelter and FR 442

Date detected: September 2       Cause:  Lightning

Size:  Approximately 600 acres     Fire behavior: Low to Moderate

Vegetation:  Ponderosa pine, mixed conifer

Resources: 106 total personnel

Taos, NM – Sept. 11, 2019 – An additional 265 acres were treated yesterday along the eastern side of Highway 518 along the Taos to Penasco powerline. This increased the size of the fire to 600 acres. Fireline preparation has been completed along the east and southeast perimeters of the fire. These perimeters will be reinforced by burning to reduce the fuels in advance of planned hand and aerial ignitions, weather permitting.

The Carson National Forest is managing this naturally caused fire to restore the landscape to its natural state and create a more resilient landscape. This also reduces residual fuels leftover from the recent green fuelwood sale in the Amole area. Fuels will be reduced between the Osha fire of 2011 to the top of U.S. Hill essentially creating a fuel break along the 518 corridor. The risk of a severe wildfire that would be detrimental to the Rio Pueblo will be reduced.

Highway 518 is open. Motorists traveling Highway 518 between the U.S. Hill scenic overlook and the intersection of Highway 518 and Highway 75 (the Rock Wall) could be impacted by smoke. Drivers should use caution due to increased fire traffic and firefighters working along the roadway.

A temporary area closure is in effect (#02-469) in the area surrounding the Amole fire to provide for firefighter and public safety. The Amole Canyon and Tio Maes trail systems are within the closure area and use of these trails is not allowed. All other forest trails are available for recreation. The closure order and map are available online at

Taos Canyon and the communities of Valle Escondido, Angel Fire, Rio Lucio and Dixon could be impacted by smoke in the early afternoon and evening dependent on wind direction. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with heart or respiratory problems are encouraged to take precautionary measures. For information on air quality and your health, please visit For information on the HEPA filter loan program, go to or contact the Carson National Forest Supervisor’s Office at 575-758-6200.

For more information visit or call the Camino Real Ranger District at 575-587-2255 or go to,,

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