Las Cocas – Mora County – Update 2 #nmfire 

Update 9 p.m. 5/8/23: The Las Cocas fire is at 10% containment and estimated at 75-100 acres. Fire behavior is currently back and creeping. Dozer line is being cut along the south flank of the fire from west to east and pushed up the north flank. Currently, volunteer fire departments are digging hand lines around the east flank. Santa Fe hotshots are en route to anchor and tie in to the dozer lines.  

First 7:38 p.m. 5/8/23: The Las Cocas fire is burning just south of Guadalupita, in Mora County. The fire was reported at approximately 5:50 p.m. and is running and smoldering through 75 acres of mixed fuels including grass, pinon and ponderosa pine. The fire was pushed northeast by 11 mph winds from the southwest, however the ridge line has slowed that progression.  

A grader line has been established on the fire’s west flank, and no structures are threatened at this time. Multiple resources and personnel are on scene grading and cutting handlines. Forestry Division has an engine posted along the northeast edge to patrol structures. The cause of the fire is under investigation.  

Start Date & Time:  5/8/2023 

Start Location: HWY 434 MM 12 In Guadalupita area 

Latitude: 36.10999 

Longitude: -105.23095 

Cause of Fire: Under investigation 

Area Vegetation: Timber, Pinon, Ponderosa Pine, Grass 

Estimated Acres Burned: 75-100 

Ownership(s): Private  

Structures Threatened: N 

Structures Burned: N 

Evacuations: N 


George Ducker 

Communications Coordinator 

New Mexico State Forestry Division – EMNRD 

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