Las Tusas – San Miguel County – Update 5 #nmfire

Today, firefighters made progress securing the fire line. Containment is 30 percent, with 969 acres burned. As of 1:30 p.m., evacuation orders have been lifted for the area. The orders affected 165 residences, and an estimated 492 individuals. A San Miguel County Sheriff’s office damage assessment found 3 structures were lost, along with 10 outbuildings.  

Start date:  May 11, 2023 

Location:  West of Sapello, NM approximately 12 miles north of Las Vegas, NM 

Cause:  Unknown, under investigation 

Size: 969 acres, acreage reduced due to more accurate mapping via GPS by aircraft.      

Percent Contained:  30% 

Resources: 3 Hotshot crews, 1 Type 2 IA Handcrew, 4 dozers, 18 engines, 5 water tenders, 2 Type 3 Helicopters. Fire managers are also utilizing aircraft with infrared capabilities to locate hotspots and provide better estimates of the fire size. 

Evacuations: Evacuations have been lifted. The Red Cross Evacuation Center at Abe Montoya Recreation Center and Storrie Lake are no longer evacuation centers as of 5 p.m. today.   

Closures: Road closures have been lifted.  

Smoke: 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   An interactive smoke map at allows you to zoom into your area to see the latest smoke conditions.  

Safety: The health and safety of firefighters and the public are always the first priority. Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) website. The Forest Stewards Guild offers a HEPA Filter Loan Program that are available on a first come/first served basis. Additional information on air filters and the HEPA loan program is posted at

Fire updates will be posted on the New Mexico Fire Information website, as well as the NM State Forestry Division Twitter


George Ducker 

Communications Coordinator 

New Mexico State Forestry Division – EMNRD 

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