Published Monday, May 8, 2023, 2145 hours PDT


The Las Cocas Fire is located off of Hwy 434 x NM Highway 12, south of the Guadalupita area and about 48 miles northeast of Santa Fe, New Mexico, which ignited from an unknown cause today at 1750 hours MDT (1650 PDT).

There is a current estimated 75-100 acres in size, which the fire has burned fire fuels including timber, ponderosa pine, pinon, and grass. This is burning on private lands with fire behavior observed as active, backing, and creeping.

There are no evacuations in effect, however, a fire unit is patrolling along the edge of structures in a structure protection stance.

Resources known at this time are 1-CR21 (1 Crew, Type 2IA), Tanker 12 from Albuquerque), firefighters from the New Mexico Forestry Division, Mora County Sheriff’s Department, as well as fire resources dispatched through the NM Santa Fe Dispatch Center deploying SF T2IA HC to the scene at 1812 hours MDT.

Fire Ops include:

  • South Flank – Dozer line being cut along the south flank of the fire from west to east.
  • East Flank: VFDs are constructing and building hand lines around the east flank.
  • North Flank: Fire is pushing up the north flank.

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