Carson NF Maton Fires 75% Contained

Fire crews are successfully suppressing 18 fires discovered within the Maton Fire area on the El Rito Ranger District. Total size is 105 acres with 75% containment. The cause of the fires is unknown and an investigation is currently taking place. The fire area received steady soaking rain this morning which has been significant in helping crews contain the fires.

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 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.

Name: Maton

Date detected: October 1

Cause: Under investigation

Location: Carson NF, El Rito RD, Approximately 1 mile from FR 559 and El Rito Campground

Size: 105 acres

Growth Potential: Low to Moderate

Vegetation: Ponderosa Pine

Resources: Approx. 60 total personnel; 4 engines, 1 Type 2 handcrew, 1 Type 3 helicopter

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