Crews Work Towards Containment of Maton Fires, Carson NF

Name: Maton

Date detected: Oct. 1

Cause: Under investigation

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

Size: approx. 75 acres

Growth Potential: Low to Moderate

Vegetation: Ponderosa Pine

Resources: 5 engines, 1 Type 2 handcrew, 1 Hotshot crew, 1 Type 3 helicopter, Approx. 60 total personnel

TAOS, NM – October 3, 2019 – Fire crews are working to contain each of the 11 wildfires totaling 75 acres discovered within the Maton Fire area. Containment of the fire area is currently 40% at this time. An investigation into the cause of the fires is continuing today. Weather forecasts show potential for heavy rain tonight and Friday which should assist firefighters with suppression efforts.

Smoke from the Maton Fires 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 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 There will be 3 HEPA filters provided by the Forest Guild available for loan at the El Rito Ranger District. Call 575-581-4554 for more information.

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