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Carson National Forest Prioritizes Prescribed Burn Projects to Reduce Wildfire Risk, Improve Forest Resilience

Taos, NM – September 13, 2021 – Fire managers on the Carson National Forest are preparing for the potential resumption of prescribed fire operations before the end of the year to reduce hazardous fuels, improve wildlife habitat, and create healthier, more resilient forest and watershed ecosystems. Although New Mexico and Arizona have received solid monsoonal […]

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Poso Fire Update – June 20, 2021 – The Type 3 Incident Management Team will transfer command of the Poso Fire to the local Type 4 organization at 8:00 pm this evening.

Poso Fire Update – June 20, 2021 EL RITO, NM – June 20, 2021 – The Type 3 Incident Management Team will transfer command of the Poso Fire to the local Type 4 organization at 8:00 pm this evening. Once transfer of command is complete the incident information line and incident email will no longer […]

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Poso Fire Update – June 19, 2021 – A community meeting is planned for the Vallecitos residents at the Vallecitos Volunteer Fire Department, on Sunday June 20 at 1130 am.

Poso Fire Update – June 19, 2021 EL RITO, NM – June 19, 2021 – A community meeting is planned for the Vallecitos residents at the Vallecitos Volunteer Fire Department, on Sunday June 20 at 1130 am. The Type 3 Incident Management Team prepares to transition control of the incident to the local Type 4 […]

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Poso Fire Update – June 18, 2021 – Fire crews will continue to focus on securing and maintaining the current portions of the fire and evaluating opportunities for future ignitions within the planned boundary.

Poso Fire Update – June 18, 2021 EL RITO, NM – June 18, 2021 – Fire crews will continue to focus on securing and maintaining the current portions of the fire and evaluating opportunities for future ignitions within the planned boundary. The objectives remain removing hazardous fuels, decreasing the probability of high severity wildfires in […]

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Poso Fire Update – June 17, 2021 – Fire crews will focus on securing and maintaining the eastern portions of the planned fire boundary.

Poso Fire Update – June 17, 2021 EL RITO, NM – June 17, 2021 – Fire crews will focus on securing and maintaining the eastern portions of the planned fire boundary. The objectives remain removing hazardous fuels, decreasing the probability of high severity wildfires in the future, and reducing exposure to firefighters and communities. Showers […]

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Carson National Forest Implements Fire Restrictions

Taos, NM – June 16, 2021— Due to ongoing drought and increased fire danger, the Carson National Forest is implementing Stage 1 fire restrictions across the entire forest, effective 8:00 a.m. Thursday, June 17. Stage 1 fire restrictions are a proactive way to reduce the very real risk of human-caused wildfire, protect natural and cultural […]

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Poso Fire Update – June 16, 2021 – The Poso Fire continues to be managed for multiple resource objectives.

Poso Fire Update – June 16, 2021 EL RITO, NM – June 16, 2021 – The Poso Fire continues to be managed for multiple resource objectives – removing hazardous fuels, decreasing the probability of high severity wildfires in the future, and reducing exposure to firefighters and communities. Predicted thunderstorms dropped rain in areas around the […]

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Poso Fire Update – June 15, 2021 – Regional smoke continues to pour into the state mixing with local smoke from the Poso Fire.

Poso Fire Update – June 15, 2021 EL RITO, NM – June 15, 2021 – Regional smoke continues to pour into the state mixing with local smoke from the Poso Fire. Light winds combined with higher humidity will help firefighters with placing dozer and hand line which will help cut off fire progression into Borracho […]

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Poso Fire Update – June 14, 2021 – As predicted the fire has caused smoke impacts to surrounding communities.

Poso Fire Update – June 14, 2021 EL RITO, NM – June 14, 2021 – As predicted the fire has caused smoke impacts to surrounding communities. Air Quality monitors have been deployed at the Vallecitos Fire Station and the El Rito Ranger Station.  Because air quality monitors are not available in all areas, your eyes […]

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Poso Fire Update – June 13, 2021 – As aerial and hand ignitions continue, there will be an increase of smoke in the area.

EL RITO, NM – June 13, 2021 – As aerial and hand ignitions continue, there will be an increase of smoke in the area. Smoke may hang low to the ground at night and in the early mornings the next few days due to the weather phenomenon known as temperature inversion. This occurs when warm […]

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Poso Fire Update – June 12, 2021 – Fire managers plan to implement hand ignitions on the northern edge of the fire perimeter today.

Poso Fire Update – June 12, 2021 EL RITO, NM – June 12, 2021 – Fire managers plan to implement hand ignitions on the northern edge of the fire perimeter today. This is in conjunction with ongoing aerial ignitions. This fire is at a crucial point in which connecting the burning areas will keep the […]

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Poso Fire Update – June 11, 2021: The Northern New Mexico Type 3 Incident Management Team aims to implement management tactics to meet multiple resource objectives.

Poso Fire Update – June 11, 2021   EL RITO, NM – June 11, 2021 – In order to take advantage of the lightning caused Poso Fire, the Northern New Mexico Type 3 Incident Management Team aims to implement management tactics to meet multiple resource objectives. Some of which are, returning natural fire into the […]

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Poso Fire Update – June 10, 2021: The Northern New Mexico Type 3 Incident Management Team assumed command of the Poso Fire at 9:00 pm June 9th.

EL RITO, NM – June 10, 2021 – The Northern New Mexico Type 3 Incident Management Team assumed command of the Poso Fire at 9:00 pm June 9th.  Fire managers intend to manage this lightning caused wildfire to meet multiple resource objectives. Some of which are, returning natural fire into the eco-system to promote forest health, reduce hazardous fuels to reduce the risk […]

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Incident Management Team to Assume Command of Poso Fire

Taos, NM – June 9, 2021— The Northern New Mexico Type-3 Incident Management Team will assume command of the Poso Fire on the Carson National Forest Wednesday, June 9 at 9:00 p.m. Over the next few days, the team will reinforce lines around the management area and monitor fire behavior and growth. The fire, currently […]

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Carson National Forest to Hold Community Meeting on Management of Poso Fire

Taos, NM – June 4, 2021— Fire managers for the Carson National Forest are holding an outdoor community meeting Sunday, June 6 at 3:00 p.m. at the fire station in Vallecitos, New Mexico. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the Carson National Forest’s strategy for managing the Poso fire and to address community […]

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Carson National Forest to Manage Poso Fire for Resource Benefit

Taos, NM – June 3, 2021— The Poso Fire was detected May 29th, on the El Rito Ranger District of the Carson National Forest and is the result of a lightning strike approximately 10 miles north of El Rito, New Mexico. Currently, the fire is a low intensity surface fire, burning primarily in the dead-and-down […]

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Fire Managers Proceed with Prescribed Burn on the New Mexico-Colorado State Line

TAOS, NM – May 27, 2021 — Fire managers on the Carson National Forest are conducting a prescribed burn approximately 20 miles northwest of Tres Piedras, New Mexico, on the New Mexico-Colorado border, Thurs. May 27 through Sat. May 29. The Stateline/Bighorn Unit 6 prescribed burn is being managed by the Carson National Forest in […]

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Fire Managers on the Carson National Forest Reassess Restrictions after Increased Precipitation

Taos, NM – May 20, 2021 – Recent rain showers and snowfall in the higher elevations of the Carson National Forest have caused fire managers to reconsider the fire restrictions that were planned for next week. The “Stage-1” fire restrictions were set to take effect on Monday, May 24 to reduce the risk of human-caused […]

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Carson National Forest to Implement Stage 1 Fire Restrictions May 24

Extreme Drought and Dry Conditions Persist Taos, NM – May 14, 2021 –The Carson National Forest will implement Stage 1 fire restrictions forest-wide on Monday, May 24, to reduce the risk of human-caused wildfire during extreme drought conditions, historically low fuel moisture levels and high fire danger. Stage 1 fire restrictions are a proactive way […]

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Carson National Forest Fire Managers Proceed with Prescribed Burns Today

TAOS, NM – April 30, 2021 — After successful test ignitions, crews are proceeding with the previously announced Martinez Canyon and Ring Rx prescribed burns today on the Carson National Forest. Both prescribed burns are expected to continue through Saturday, May 1, 2021 if favorable weather is present. The 1,893-acre Martinez Canyon prescribed burn is […]

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