Mitchell Fire – Harding County – April 25, 2022

The Mitchell Fire, located east of Mosquero in Harding County, remains estimated at 25,000 acres and is now 40% contained. No structures are threatened and there are no evacuations. Fire activity has slowed with minimal smoke showing from the interior. Higher relative humidity and calmer winds are helping firefighters. The fire started Friday, April 22 off of NM Highway 39 near David Hill. The cause is under investigation.

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

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: 25,000

Ownership(s): Private

Structures Threatened: No

Structures Burned: No

Evacuations: No

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

Forestry Division

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