Caja Fire Update Aug. 29, 2020: 100% Contained

This will be the final update on the Caja Fire unless conditions change.

Start date: Aug. 23, 2020                       Cause: Lightning                         Size: 158 acres

Location: Colorado Peak on the Caja del Rio Plateau, the Española Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF)

Containment: 100%

Current status:  Now that the Caja Fire is 100% contained, firefighters are monitoring the perimeter to make sure the lines are holding and the edges are cold. As temperatures warmed today, crews were also keeping an eye out for hot spots in the fire’s interior. Crews will continue to monitor the Caja Fire over the next few days.

Resources: Eight firefighters, two engines and three resource advisors are on scene. The resource advisors are assessing the fire’s impact on cultural resources in the area.

Weather: Overnight showers missed the Caja Fire by a quarter mile, but numerous showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop over the area again this afternoon. Temperatures are slightly cooler today with an increase in humidity.

Values at risk: There are no immediate values at risk, although natural and cultural resources and a powerline are in proximity.

Safety: The health and safety of firefighters and the public are always the first priority. Firefighters are conducting operations under protocols to mitigate the risk of COVID-19.

Smoke: Smoke from the Caja Fire is very minimal at this point. An interactive smoke map at allows you to zoom into the Santa Fe area to see the latest smoke information. Primarily because of the Medio Fire and wildfires in adjacent states, 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 can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) website at

Fire updates will be posted on the SFNF website, New Mexico Fire Information website and on the Santa Fe National Forest Facebook page and Twitter @SantafeNF.

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