Big Hole Fire – Valencia County, April 14, 2022

The Big Hole Fire, located on state and private land in the Belen Bosque in Valencia County, is now 51% contained and estimated at 890 acres. The reduction in acres comes after better mapping. The fire is currently smoldering with minimal activity. The Forestry Division, Valencia County Fire Department, and numerous other fire agencies continue to work on strengthening containment lines around the fire. Rehabilitation of fire breaks created by bulldozers and removal of hazardous trees with significant fire damage is underway. There are no evacuations in place for this fire. One home and 18 outbuildings were destroyed in the early stages of the fire. The cause is under investigation.

Start Date & Time: 04/11/2022 1330

Start Location: Belen Bosque North of River Road

Latitude: 34.6648

Longitude: -106.7469

Cause of Fire: Under investigation Area Vegetation: Bosque

Estimated Acres Burned: 890

Ownership(s): State and private

Structures Threatened: Yes

Structures Burned: Yes

Evacuations: No

Individuals 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 

Wendy Mason
Wildfire Prevention & Communications Coordinator
Energy, Minerals & Natural Resources Dept. (EMNRD)

Forestry Division

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