New Fire Start on SFNF – Sarca Fire in Pecos Wilderness

August 10, 2021

Start date: August 09, 2021    Cause: Lightning           Size: Less than 1-acre                     Containment: 0%

Location: Pecos Wilderness, Española Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest, approximately 8 air miles southeast of Chimayo, NM.  

Fuels: Ponderosa pine/Douglas fir at approximately 9,000 feet elevation.

Resources: Two engines

Strategy: Resources located the fire this afternoon and were able to go direct in constructing a portion of hand line around the fire before they had to hike back to their engines. Firefighters had to pull back for their safety as lightning was observed from the incoming thunderstorm.

Weather: Showers and thunderstorms are predicted through the week for the fire area. With the location and weather concerns in mind, resources will be on-scene when it is safe to do so.

Values at risk: The Sarca Fire is located within the Pecos Wilderness and there are no immediate values at risk.

Safety: The health and safety of firefighters and the public are always the first priority.

Restrictions: Currently, there are no closures or restrictions for the Sarca Fire.

Smoke: Smoke from the Sarca Fire will be visible from surrounding communities including Española, Chimayo, and Truchas. 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

Fire updates will be posted on the SFNF website, New Mexico Fire Information website, and on the SFNF Facebook and Twitter.

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