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Borrego Mesa Prescribed Burn Looks Good for Tomorrow

SANTA FE, NM – Oct. 14, 2021 – If conditions remain favorable, fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to implement the previously announced Borrego Mesa prescribed burn on the Española Ranger District tomorrow.  The decision to proceed will depend on multiple factors, including resource availability, fuel moisture levels, air quality, ventilation, […]

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SFNF Plans Prescribed Burn on Jemez District

SANTA FE, NM – Oct. 12, 2021 – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are looking for an optimal window between now and the end of October to conduct the Stable Canyon prescribed burn. The 1,600-acre treatment area is adjacent to Forest Road 604 approximately 6 miles north/northwest of the village of […]

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SFNF Plans Prescribed Burn on Española District

SANTA FE, NM – Oct. 8, 2021 – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are tentatively planning a 105-acre prescribed burn on Borrego Mesa on the Española Ranger District a week from today, Friday, Oct. 15. The treatment area is located approximately two miles east of the community of Cordova. Crews will […]

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SFNF Plans Prescribed Burns on Pecos/Las Vegas District

SANTA FE, NM – Oct. 6, 2021 – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are looking for an optimal window between today and Nov. 30 to conduct prescribed burns on East Rowe Mesa and the Las Dispensas treatment area near the Gallinas Watershed on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District.  A final decision […]

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Fire Danger Remains High on SFNF

SANTA FE, NM – Sept. 23, 2021 – The Santa Fe National Forest has experienced higher than normal temperatures and lower than normal precipitation for this time of year, raising concerns about the risk of wildfire well past the historical end of fire season. Fire managers are monitoring fire indices, including fuel moisture levels which […]

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

SANTA FE, NM – Sept. 13, 2021 – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) 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 […]

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Gabaldon Fire Update August 13, 2021

This will be the final update on the Gabaldon Fire unless conditions change significantly. Start date: August 11, 2021    Cause: Lightning           Size: .15-acre                             Containment: 100% Location: Northeast of Santa Fe near the Chamisa Trailhead on the Española Ranger District Fuels: Oak, Ponderosa pine, and Piñyon-juniper at approximately 8,500 feet elevation. Resources: One engine Operations: Firefighters […]

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Sarca Fire Update

August 12, 2021 Start date: August 09, 2021    Cause: Lightning           Size: 2.6 acres                  Containment: 0% Location: Pecos Wilderness, Española Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest, approximately 8 air miles southeast of Chimayo, NM.  Fuels: Ponderosa pine/Douglas fir at approximately 9,000 feet elevation. Resources: 8 firefighters Operations: Firefighters hiked in and were able to construct […]

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New Start on SFNF – Gabaldon Fire near Chamisa Trailhead

SANTA FE, NM – August 12, 2021 – Another new start on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) was detected yesterday and firefighters have already completed handline around the fire perimeter. The amount of monsoonal moisture received on the SFNF has assisted in keeping wildfires relatively small. Monsoon precipitation has been more abundant this year […]

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New Fire Start on SFNF – Sarca Fire in Pecos Wilderness

August 10, 2021 Start date: August 09, 2021    Cause: Lightning           Size: Less than 1-acre                     Containment: 0% Location: Pecos Wilderness, Española Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest, approximately 8 air miles southeast of Chimayo, NM.   Fuels: Ponderosa pine/Douglas fir at approximately 9,000 feet elevation. Resources: Two engines Strategy: Resources located the fire this afternoon and […]

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SFNF Rescinds Rincon Fire Closure Order

SANTA FE, NM – July 2, 2021 – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) today rescinded the Rincon Fire closure order that restricted access to a portion of the Pecos Wilderness to protect public health and safety during fire operations. The closure order went into effect on June 16.    The restricted area under the […]

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Santa Fe National Forest To Lift Stage 1 Fire Restrictions June 30

SANTA FE, NM – June 29, 2021 – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) will lift campfire, welding and smoking restrictions effective 8 a.m. Wednesday, June 30, 2021, based on the apparent early arrival of the seasonal summer monsoons, accompanied by higher relative humidities and lower temperatures which have reduced fire danger across Northern New […]

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Santa Fe National Forest to assume command of the Rincon Fire

June 21, 2021 Daily Update Acres: 533 acres Start Date:  June 11, 2021 Cause: Lightning Containment: 0% Total personnel: 65 Location: Pecos Wilderness, Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District, approx. 25 miles northwest of Las Vegas, NM Fuels: Spruce/Fir at 11,000 feet elevation Highlights: The Southwest Area Type 2 Incident Management Team 4 will transfer command of […]

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Ground crews establish good relations with property owners on Rincon Fire

June 20, 2021 Daily Update Acres: 532 acres Start Date:  June 11, 2021 Cause: Lightning Containment: 0% Total personnel: 148 Location: Pecos Wilderness, Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District, approx. 25 miles northwest of Las Vegas, NM Fuels: Spruce/Fir at 11,000 feet elevation Highlights: Firefighters with the Southwest Area Type 2 Incident Management Team 4 have directed […]

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Aviation crews remain diligent on Rincon Fire

June 19, 2021 Daily Update Acres: 532 acres Start Date:  June 11, 2021 Cause: Lightning Containment: 0% Total personnel: 165 Location: Pecos Wilderness, Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District, approx. 25 miles northwest of Las Vegas, NM Fuels: Spruce/Fir at 11,000 feet elevation Highlights: Despite surrounding thunderstorms and lightning, no new fire starts were detected yesterday. The […]

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Landowner efforts support firefighting on the Rincon Fire

June 18, 2021 Daily Update Acres: 532 acres Start Date:  June 11, 2021 Cause: Lightning Containment: 0% Total personnel: 139 Location: Pecos Wilderness, Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District, approx. 25 miles northwest of Las Vegas, NM Fuels: Spruce/fir at 11,000 feet elevation Highlights: The Southwest Area Type 2 Incident Management Team 4 hosted acommunity meeting last […]

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Rincon Fire Community Meeting tonight in Mora

June 17, 2021 Daily Update Acres: 532 acres Start Date:  June 11, 2021 Cause: Lightning Containment: 0% Total personnel: 139 Location: Pecos Wilderness, Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District, approx. 25 miles northwest of Las Vegas, NM Fuels: Spruce/fir at 11,000 feet elevation Highlights: The Southwest Area Type 2 Incident Management Team 4 will host a community […]

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Potential for increased activity remains on the Rincon Fire

June 16, 2021 Daily Update Acres: 531 acres Start Date:  June 11, 2021 Cause: Lightning Containment: 0% Total personnel: 140 Location: Pecos Wilderness, Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District, approx. 25 miles northwest of Las Vegas, NM Fuels: Spruce/fir at 11,000 feet elevation Highlights: The Southwest Area Type 2 Incident Management Team 4 continues to assess the […]

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SFNF Issues Closure Order for Rincon Fire in Pecos Wilderness

SANTA FE, NM – June 15, 2021 – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) today issued a closure order to protect public health and safety during fire operations on the Rincon Fire. The order will be in effect from 6 a.m. tomorrow, June 16, through Dec. 31, 2021, unless rescinded earlier. The lightning-caused Rincon Fire […]

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Southwest Area Type 2 Incident Management Team 4 Assumes Command of Rincon Fire

June 15, 2021 Daily Update Acres: 516 acres Start Date:  June 11, 2021 Cause: Lightning Containment: 0% Total personnel: 113 Location: Pecos Wilderness, Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District, approx. 2 miles east of Hamilton Mesa Fuels: Spruce/fir at 11,000 feet elevation Highlights: The Southwest Area Type 2 Incident Management Team 4, led by Incident Commander Carl […]

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