Skiles 429 Fire – Union County – May 1, 2022

The Skiles 429 Fire, located northeast of Clayton along the Oklahoma border in Union County, is now estimated at 1,312 acres with more accurate mapping. The fire is 30% contained at this time. Crews are preparing for Red Flag conditions over the fire area today, which could spur new growth in the steep canyons where it is currently burning. A Type 3 helicopter is performing water drops on the fire while winds are calm, and crews on the ground reinforce the fire line. Evacuations in Oklahoma have been lifted and the shelters are closed.

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: 04/29/22 @1510

Start Location: NE Clayton west of HWY 406, 3 miles from Oklahoma border

Latitude: 36.806179

Longitude: -103.017216

Cause of Fire: Under investigation

Area Vegetation: pinon-juniper, grass

Estimated Acres Burned: 1,312

Ownership(s): Private and state

Structures Threatened: Yes

Structures Burned: No

Evacuations: Yes, Oklahoma

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

Forestry Division

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