Luna Fire Update: 10/28/2020

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: 35 %   Structures Threatened: 0
Cause: Under Investigation      Full Containment: 11/10/2020       Structures Destroyed:  0

Resources

Hand Crews: 0      Dozers: 0       Air Tankers:  Available as needed      Engines: 0      Helicopters: 0

Total Personnel: 97

Current Situation: The snow has had a dramatic effect on the Luna Fire. The fire was not able to move out of the perimeter of the fire’s edge due to surface fuels moisture levels (i.e. the pine needles and other ground cover are wet and won’t carry fire). Several days ago, areas of intense heat were identified in the northeast, the southwest and the southeast perimeter of the Luna Fire. These areas may continue to smolder under the snow cover and will continue to be monitored by fire staff for signs of re-ignition. Smoke may be visible in the days ahead. Patrol and monitoring will continue. The fire is not expected to increase in size or re-ignite in current conditions. Once the weather changes in 2-4 days, officials from the Carson National Forest and New Mexico State Forestry will reassess fire conditions and determine how to re-engage firefighters to complete containment lines around the Luna Fire.

Public Meeting: Virtual Public Meeting, Wed., Oct. 28, 7:00 PM. The Luna Fire Incident Command Team will hold a Virtual Public Meeting tonight 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 page. If you have a question and would like to have it answered during the virtual public meeting, please submit on Facebook in the comments section.

Weather: A winter storm warning continues until 6:00 PM today and more snow is expected with accumulations of 3-6”. The core of the snow is predicted to come in this afternoon. The wind chill will be noticeable at 10-18 degrees and winds will be in the 6-9 mph., range. We will start seeing clearing skies tonight after the 6:00 PM and then a warming trend through the end of the week. Look for 50 degrees and clearing skies by the weekend.

Fire Restrictions: Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect on the Carson National Forest, for more information visit www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/carson/alerts-notices.

Road Closures/Evacuation Order: As of yesterday, October 27, 2020, all road closures and roadblocks have been lifted on County and State Roads. The Voluntary Evacuation for Luna Canyon was lifted.

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. 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.

Safety Message: Snow will make driving conditions unsafe today. If you have to drive, please slow down and be aware of changing conditions. For New Mexico road information dial 511.

 

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