Luna Fire Update: 10/26/2020

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: 10,142         Injuries: 0      Location:  2 miles North of Chacon          Percent Contained: 27 %        Structures Threatened: 0
Cause: Under Investigation         Full Containment: 11/10/2020        Structures Destroyed:  0

Resources

Hand Crews: 3      Dozers: 3        Air Tankers:  Available as needed       Engines: 4       Helicopters: 3

Total Personnel: 265

Current Situation: Yesterday, a cold front moved through the area bringing strong winds, rain and snow. Firefighters worked to hold and strengthen containment lines from Quemado Canyon to Lujan Canyon and to contain spot fires (slop-overs) in Bull Canyon and West of Luna Canyon. The west flank of the fire from Quemado Canyon to Rito Quien Sabe saw no movement yesterday.  In the afternoon, rain, snow and sleet began falling over the fire area. For the safety of firefighting resources, all personnel were pulled back to Base Camp at Mora High School.

Today, winter storm conditions with 3-6 inches of snow are forecasted for the fire area. Snow will blanket the fire area and burning vegetation will continue to smolder, the fire is not expected to grow in size. Fire managers will be assessing conditions to determine if it is safe to send firefighters to the line today. Their health and safety are our top priority.

How close is the fire to my community? The Luna 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, 9.5 miles from Angel Fire and 7 miles from Valle Escondido.

Road Closures: FS Road 76 at Highway 518.  County Road B-001 (Luna Canyon Road), open to residents only.

County Roads B-001 & B003 are open to Property Owners Only:  As of Saturday October 24, 2020, County Roads B-001 (Luna Canyon Road) and B-003 at Highway 121 (Chacon) is open to citizens who reside or own property off those roads. 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 at the junction of County Roads B-001 & B-003 conducting verifications.

Weather: Today, snow, heavy at times with accumulations ranging from 2-4 inches. Temperatures will be very cold, ranging from 19-25 degrees, wind chill values as low as -5 degrees.

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

Fire Restrictions: 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 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: Light smoke production may occur in hot spots along the north and northeast edge of the fire but smoke from the Luna fire is not expected to impact surrounding communities today or tomorrow.  Individuals who are sensitive to wildfire smoke should take precautions and use the New Mexico Department of Health 5-3-1 Visibility Method to determine if it’s safe to be outside. Learn more at https://nmtracking.org/environment/air/FireAndSmoke.html.

Safety Message: Rain, snow and sleet will make driving conditions unsafe today. If you have to drive, please slow down and be aware changing conditions.

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 or the New Mexico Fire Information website at https://nmfireinfo.com/.

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 Fire, 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 Department of Game and Fish, Angel Fire Police, New Mexico Department of Transportation, Tri-State Electric, Mora San Miguel Electric Co-Op.

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