Rio Fire – Rio Arriba County – April 10, 2021

The Rio Fire is located in the Rio Chama bosque off of US Highway 84 in Abiquiu. The fire is estimated at 4-5 acres and burning on both sides of the river. Multiple homes are threatened. The Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Department is conducting evacuations. Numerous local and state resources are working together to suppress this fire. Smoke is visible for several miles around the fire area. The cause is under investigation.

Residents 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

Start Date & Time: April 10, 2021, 1400
Start Location: Abiquiu, NM, Rio Arriba County

Cause of Fire:  Under investigation
Area Vegetation: Bosque
Estimated Acres Burned: 4-5 

Ownership(s):  Private
Structures Threatened: Yes
Structures Burned: No
Evacuations: Yes

Wendy Mason
Wildfire Prevention & Communications Coordinator
EMNRD Forestry Division

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