Fires Detected on the El Rito Ranger District, Carson NF

On October 1st, a series of fires were detected adjacent to Forest Road 559 above the El Rito Campground on the El Rito District of the Carson National Forest. They are being referred to as the Maton Fire, and are located 2-4 miles north of the community of El Rito, NM. The cause of the fires is unknown and is currently under investigation.

Command of the fire has been assigned to a Type 3 organization and fire managers have decided to fully suppress the fire. Crews are engaged and scouting for potential options for containment. There are approximately 45 total personnel assigned and additional resources have been ordered.

Smoke from the Maton Fire may be visible from US 285, US 84, the communities of El Rito, Medenales, Abiquiu and possibly Taos. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health by using the 5-3-1 visibility method can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) website at People with health concerns can also call NMDOH at 505-827-0006 for additional information. For information on the HEPA filter loan program, go to or contact the El Rito Ranger District at 575-581-4554.

Name: Maton                              Date detected: October 1

Cause: Under investigation         Size: approx. 50 acres

Location: Carson NF, El Rito RD, Near FR 559 and El Rito Campground

Growth Potential: Low to Moderate      Vegetation: Ponderosa Pine

Resources: 5 engines, 1 Type 2 handcrew, Hotshot crew, Approx. 45 personnel

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