Carson NF Maton Fire Final Update

Eighteen fires discovered Tuesday on the El Rito Ranger District totaling 105 acres are now 85% contained. The cause of the Maton fires is unknown and an investigation is currently taking place. Steady soaking rain received yesterday was significant and helped crews contain the fires.

Transfer of command from the Type 3 Incident Management Team to the local district Type 4 organization occurred at 8:00 am this morning. This will be the final update on the Maton Fire unless significant activity occurs. Managers from the Type 3 Incident Management Team and the El Rito Ranger District would like to thank the community for the support received during this incident.

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 (EPHT) website at https://nmtracking.org/fire. 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 https://facnm.org/smoke#smokeanchor5. 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. 30 total personnel; 3 engines, 1 Type 2 handcrew

 

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