Mitchell Fire – Harding County – April 22, 2022

The Mitchell Fire, located east of Mosquero in Harding County, is estimated at 5,000 acres and 0% contained. The fire was first reported at 11:30 a.m. off of NM Highway 39 near mile marker 42 and David Hill. Fire behavior was extreme today due to severe winds, very low humidity, and dry conditions. Residents in the areas of Carisso and Bueyeros were evacuated for their safety. This is one of many incidents recorded by the New Mexico Forestry Division today. More information will be released once it is available.

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Start Date & Time: 04/22/2022 @ 1130

Start Location: HWY 39 mile marker 42, east of Mosquero

Latitude: 35.80238

Longitude: -103.84164  

Cause of Fire: Under investigation

Area Vegetation: pinon-juniper, grass

Estimated Acres Burned: 5,000

Ownership(s): Private

Structures Threatened: Yes

Structures Burned: No

Evacuations: Yes, areas of Carriso and Boyeros

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

Forestry Division

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