Luna Fire Update: 10/24/2020

Incident Website: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7246
New Mexico Fire Information: nmfireinfo.com
Public Information Line: 575-377-4263
Incident Email: 2020.Luna@firenet.gov  

Incident information

Start Date: October 17, 2020      Acreage: 10,136     Injuries: 0      Location:  2 miles North of Chacon      Percent Contained: 0       Structures Threatened: 4,350       Cause: Under Investigation      Full Containment: 11/10/2020        Structures Destroyed:  0

Resources

Hand Crews: 6       Dozers: 9      Water Tenders: 2       Engines: 11       Helicopters: 3       Air Tankers:  Available as needed
Total Personnel: 327

Current Situation:

Yesterday, suppression efforts were focused on strengthening containment lines and extinguishing hot spots from Quemado Canyon to Lujan Canyon. In the afternoon, west winds increased fire activity in Bull and Frijoles Canyons producing a lot of smoke which could be seen from Black Lake and Angel Fire.  Air tankers and helicopters were used in Bull Canyon and the Rincon Peak area to slow the spread of the fire and to keep it from moving toward the structures in Bull Canyon.  The fire increased 1,238 acres, mainly on the northern perimeter.

Today, a Red Flag Warning has been issued for strong, gusty, erratic winds over the fire area which will cause increased fire activity, especially on the northern perimeter where it is burning in a continuous stand of mixed conifers.  Firefighters will continue holding and strengthening containment lines from Quemado Canyon to Lujan Canyon and building direct (at the fires edge) and indirect line (away from the fires edge) along the east and west flanks of the fire.  Due to limited access on the northern perimeter, fire personnel are scouting areas to build and construct containment lines.

How close is the fire to my community? The Fire is burning 2 miles from Chacon, 15 miles from Mora, 5 miles from Guadalupita, 4.5 miles from Sierra Bonita, 3.5 miles from Black Lake and 9.5 miles from Angel Fire.

Virtual Public Meeting:  Tonight, October 24, 2020, the Luna Fire Incident Command team will host a Virtual Public Meeting at 7:00 PM to provide a Luna Fire overview and to allow the public to ask questions about the fire. The meeting will be live streamed on the Carson National Forest Facebook @CarsonNF.  If you have a question and would like to have it answered during the virtual public meeting, please submit it as a comment of the Facebook page.

County Road B-001 Re-opening to Property Owners Only:  As of Saturday October 24, 2020, County Road B-001 (Luna Canyon Road) off of Highway 121 (Chacon) will be reopened to citizens who reside or own property off of the road. Citizens will need to provide proper documentation (physical address, property taxes, etc.) showing they have permission to access the area. Law Enforcement officials will continue to be stationed on County Road B-001 conducting these verifications.

Weather: A Red Flag Warning has been issued for today for strong winds over the fire area.  In the afternoon, ridge tops winds will be 25-30 MPH with gusts to 40 MPH.  Relative humidity will be 17-20% and temperatures will range from 54-60 degrees.

 Evacuations: A Voluntary Evacuation Notice has been issued for the Luna Canyon area.

 Fire Restrictions: The Forest is very dry; conditions are similar to what you might see in June not late October.  Because of this, Stage 1 Fire Restrictions have been implemented on the Carson National Forest to reduce the risk of human-caused wildfires.  For more information on fire restrictions visit www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/carson/alerts-notices.

 Fire Closures: The Carson National Forest has issued a temporary closure (Forest Order 02-484) prohibiting the public from entering the area around the Luna Fire, including all National Forest System Lands, roads and trails affected by the fire. This closure includes access for hunting.  For more information on the fire closure visit www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/carson/alerts-notices.  A Temporary Flight Restriction over the fire remains in place.

 Smoke Outlook: Today’s weather and fuel conditions will lead to heavy smoke production along the north edge of the fire particularly in the afternoon.  Communities to the east and northeast of the fire including Angle Fire, Ocate, Cimarron and Springer could experience periods of moderate smoke from early afternoon to late evening.  Mora and Guadaluptia may experience early morning heavy smoke but should be clear in the afternoon.

Safety Message: Due to additional fire traffic, please slow down and watch your speed on roads around the Luna Fire Area.

Ready, Set, Go!: Wildfires can burn at any time, as we have seen with the Luna Fire,  requiring firefighters and residents to be on heightened alert to respond to these emergencies. The Ready, Set, Go! Program works in collaboration with New Mexico’s Living with Fire and other existing community wildland fire education efforts to help residents prepare for a wildfire emergency.  For more information on wildfire prevention and how you can prepare for wildfires, visit www.wildlandfirersg.org.

Cooperating Agencies: Picuris Pueblo, Taos Pueblo, Jicarilla Apache Nation, Sandia Pueblo, Sierra Bonita Rincon Fire Department, State of New Mexico County Fire Administrator, Angel Fire Department, Colfax County Fire, Colfax County Emergency Operations Manager, Taos County EMS, Taos County Fire, Taos, Village of Chacon, Kit Carson Electric Co-op, Mora County Sheriff, New Mexico State Police, New Mexico Livestock Inspector, Colfax County Sheriff, Taos County Sheriff, New Mexico Game and Fish, Ange l Fire Police, New Mexico State Police, New Mexico Dept. of Transportation, Mora San Miguel Electric Co-op, and Tri-State Electric.

 

       

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