NM | Wolf Draw Fire | 1

SANTA FE NAITONAL FOREST, NM — A wildfire broke out on Saturday, May 29, 2021 from an unknown cause.

LOCATION — The fire is located about 30 miles north of Cuba on the Cuba Ranger District.

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SIZE UP — 400 acres of ponderosa pine and mixed conifer. 0% containment.

RESOURCES — 1 Type 3 engine, 3 Type 6 engines, a 12-person Initial Attack crew, an interagency Hotshot crew, and multiple aviation resources, including 1 air attack platform, 1 lead plane, 6 large air tankers, 1 DC-10 very large air tanker (VLAT), 2 water scoopers, 2 Type 1 helicopters and 1 Type 3 helicopter.

COMMAND — Type 3 IMT will assume command on Monday, May 31, 2021 at 0600 hours.

AVIATION OPERATIONS — Aviation resources are working with engines and crews on the ground to suppress the fire with a confine and contain strategy. 

RESTRICTIONS — Stage 1 fire restrictions which prohibit campfires at all dispersed camping sites, but are allowed ONLY in developed campgrounds with Forest-Service built fire rings or grills. For details — https://go.usa.gov/x6qUu

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog – 5/30/2021 1440 PT

NM Wildfires | 140 and Rio Fires | 1

UPDATE 1 | APRIL 10, 2021

Two wildfires are burning in the Abiquiu area in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico.

Both wildfires are said to have both started on Saturday at 1400 hours.

140 FIRE: Located in the Rio Chama bosque off of US County Road 140. Fire is about 2-3 acres on private land. One structure has been burned. Other homes are under threat. Mandatory evacuations are in effect.

RIO FIRE: The RIO FIRE is located off of US Highway 84. Fire size is about 4-5 acres on private land. No structures have been reported as damaged or destroyed. Homes are current under threat and mandatory evacuations are in effect.

Resources for both fires were deployed from the Santa Fe Interagency Dispatch Center today at 1718 and 1722 hours.

No reports of injuries to firefighters or civilians have been reported.

Cause of both fires is unknown and under investigation.

Wildfire History in other Bosques

April 2, 2021: Encampment campfire in the Rio Grande Bosque. No fires, fireworks and smoking are not permitted in this area. Photo Credit: Rio Rancho FD

How to Report a Suspicious Fire – Call Public Safety Dispatch at 505-891-7226.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog – 2200 PT

Final Update |NM Wildfire | Spring Fire


UPDATE 3 (FINAL) | 2/6/2021 1845 PT

A wildfire was sparked on Friday night around 2030 hours MST on February 5, 2021, from a human-caused ignition near a structure that would spread into the Lincoln National Forest and near Spring Canyon in Raton, New Mexico.

Photo Credit | NM Fire Info

On Day 1, the fire had burned five acres on Friday, February 5th. Today, being Day 2 – the fire has been mostly contained and hot spots are being extinguished.

Water tenders and dozers continue to overhaul the area within the fire perimeter. Line around the fire has been fully established and continues to hold.

On Sunday, fire crews will continue with mop-up operations and secure the perimeter.

One building was burned.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

NM Wildfire | Spring Fire | 2


UPDATE 2 | 2/6/2021 1130 PT

A wildfire was sparked on Friday night around 2030 hours MST on February 5, 2021, from a human-caused ignition near a structure that would spread into the Lincoln National Forest and near Spring Canyon in Raton, New Mexico.

The fire initially burned about five acres of ponderosa pine and grasses on Day one, but has now burned up to 17 acres. The containment status at the time of this post is unknown.

Resources include two-Type 6 engines, numerous Volunteer Fire Districts and an unknown number of personnel responding to the scene.

Current weather report is that the temps have dropped to 19*F degrees, with winds at 10 mph and humidity at 45-percent. Skies are clear and sunny. The weather has been forecasted to be 24*F as the high and 15*f as the low for the day. Temps will start warming up to a cool 32*F and higher on Sunday through Wednesday.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

New NM Wildfire | Spring Fire | 1


UPDATE 1 | 2/5/2021 2215 PT

A new wildfire has been detected in the Lincoln National Forest in Spring Canyon on private land and on Federal lands, that had ignited on February 5, 2021.

The fire has burned approximately five acres of ponderosa pine and grasses. The containment status is unknown at the time of this post.

Resources include two-Type 6 engines, numerous Volunteer Fire Districts and an unknown number of personnel responding to the scene.

The fire was said to have started near a structure near the town of Sacramento which quickly spread to the adjacent Lincoln National Forest. It is located in or near Spring Canyon.

Winds have been reported at 12-30 mph and are causing the fire to be wind-driven. Temps are in the mid 30’s and humidity is around 30-percent. It is expected to remain as such throughout the night.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog – Update 1 – 2/5/2021 2215 PT

The Wildfire Log: New Mexico’s The Little Fire


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Another wildfire has been sparked by lightning but this fire has been named THE LITTLE FIRE, that is burning on the National Forest System Lands on The Wilderness Ranger District, Gila National Forest in Catron County, New Mexico.

The wildfire started today, which is located approximately 4.5 miles west of Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument.

There has been 222 acres of ponderosa pine, needle cast and grass, which has been destroyed. It is being reported as moving in a northwest and northeast direction.  Fire Officials are monitoring the fire and is currently not fully staffed.

Smoke is visible from the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, the Upper and Lower Scorpion Campgrounds and Woody’s Corral.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog  – Updated @ 1830 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log | Spring Fire | NM | 1


Update 1:  June 10, 2019 (Monday) – 1000 hours PDT

A wildfire named the SPRING FIRE is burning on the Gila National Forest, about 44 miles north of Mimbres, New Mexico.

About 2,200 acres of timber and short grass have been scorched.  This incident is being managed with a strategy other than full suppression without a Type 1 or 2 IMT team.  Crews have reached a 10% containment status.

There are 53 total personnel assigned with one crew and five engines.

Total fire suppression and containment costs have reached $136,000.00.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog

NEW | New Mexico Wildfire | Owl Fire | 1

UPDATE 1 | 0815 PDT

Incident Summary 

Fire started on June 30, 2018, by lightning about 4 miles northeast of Saddle Mountain and is south of Aspen Mountain near the Flying T trail in an inventoried roadless area on  Gila National Forest lands.

Fire fuels include Timber (litter, grass and understory).


There are currently 276 fire assets assigned on this incident.

Fire Behavior

Fire behavior has been low to moderate with single-tree torching.  It has mostly spread is to the north and east while being visible from Alma, New Mexico along the US Hwy 180 corridor through Luna.  Those may be able to see smoke from Alpine Arizona and the Rancho Grande subdivision.

Current Status

Fire has consumed 4,018 acres.  There is no known containment status at the time of this posting.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

New Mexico Wildfire | Sardinas Canyon Fire | 1

SARDINAS CANYON, Mex. – A large wildfire that ignited and showed up on-scene, took off on June 24, 2018, around 1409 hours MDT.


The fire is burning in Sardinas Canyon, about 18 miles southeast of Taos on Camino Real Ranger District on the Carson National Forest.


The fire has consumed 2,307 acres of aspen, hi-altitude mixed conifer and sub-alpine pine.  Crews have reached a successful 12% containment status but still focusing on the fire suppression objective of 100%.

Fire Officials have ruled this to be human-caused but its exact point of origin or cause is still being investigated.

Photo Credit | Carson NF – Inciweb

A TFR or temporary flight restriction over the fire is in effect.  As reminder :  No Drones in Fire Zones as this will cause existing assigned air craft to land and operations cease putting lives and property in danger.  #NoDronesInFireZones


There are currently 164 personnel with the assistance of three crews, seven engines, two dozers, 3 helicopters, 3 water tenders, one grader, one ambulance, one rapid extrication module and a single skidgen.


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(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2005 PDT


New Mexico Wildfire | Pepper Spring Fire | 1

CAMP WEHINAHPAY, New Mex. – A small wildfire is burning in Pepper Canyon, .5 mile south of Camp Wehinahpay, New Mexico on the Sacramento Ranger District in the Lincoln National Forest.

The fire was detected on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 around 1600 hours MST.


There are currently three engines and one Interagency hotshot crew assigned with a total of 35 fire personnel.


Fire is burning in brush and dead standing trees.  It was ignited by lightning and crews have been successful in limited the rate of spread for this fire, holding it at three acres.

The fire is burning in the old scar  of the Scott Able Fire.

Behavior is very low intensity, creeping along the ground and burning dead and down logs as well as debris.   Rain fell over the fire ground and more is in the forecast in the upcoming days.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2110 hours PDT