Luna Fire Update: Oct. 19, 2020

Start date: Oct. 17, 2020             Cause: Unknown         Size: Approximately 9,000 acres

Containment: 0%

Location:  Approximately 2 miles northeast of Chacon, NM, on the Camino Real Ranger District, Carson National Forest

Fuels:  Mixed conifer and spruce tapering to ponderosa pine at lower elevations.

Current status:  The Luna Fire is progressing west toward Cerro Vista. Today firefighters focused on the active fire behavior in Luna Canyon, implementing a burn-out operation to protect values at risk. Fire managers are working closely with cooperators, partners, New Mexico State Forestry Division, and other stakeholders to develop a containment strategy for the Luna Fire.

Resources:  The Type 3 Incident Management Team (IMT) currently in command of the fire has approximately 90 personnel on scene. Due to the complexity of the Luna Fire and values at risk, agency administrators from the Carson National Forest and New Mexico State Forestry Division ordered a Type 1 IMT expected to take command of the fire on Thursday.

Closures:  Members of the public should avoid Forest Road 76 and areas affected by the fire.

Weather:  Dry weather and gusty winds are expected, with above-normal temperatures continuing.

Evacuations:  Voluntary evacuations have occurred in the Luna Canyon area. There are no evacuation orders in place at this time.

Values at risk:  Values at risk include structures in the community of Chacon and forest service campgrounds along Forest Road 76, natural and cultural resources, downstream water users and water systems, and private land.

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 may be visible in the surrounding communities of Angel Fire, Black Lake, Guadalupita, Mora and Taos. An interactive smoke map at https://fire.airnow.gov/ allows you to zoom into the area to see the latest smoke information.

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 https://nmtracking.org/fire.

Fire updates are posted on the Carson National Forest website, New Mexico Fire Information website and Inciweb as well as the Carson National Forest Facebook page and Twitter @CarsonNF.

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