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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


#SardinasCanyonFire #SardinasCanyon #NMwildfires2018 #CarsonNF #CaminoRealRangerDistrict #Inciweb

(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

New Mexico Wildfire: #SoldierCanyonFire | 1

MESCALERO, New Mex. – A wildfire was detected on Thursday, June 7th at 1500 hours PDT from an unknown human-caused.   It is currently under investigation.

On June 8, the fire had extreme fire behavior with minimal spread.


The wildfire is located about one mile north of the town of Mescalero in Soldier Canyon on BIA (Bureau of Indian Affairs) tribal lands on the Mescalero Apache Reservation.

Photo Credit | Joseph Elfelt @MappingSupport


June 10, 2018

  • 247 personnel are assigned to this incident including 7 Type 1 hotshot crews, 1 type 2 hand crew, 7 engines, 1 type 1 helicopter, 1 type 2 helicopter, 2 Type 3 helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft as needed.
  • Minimal fire activity.
  • The fire has consumed 1,300 acres of ponderosa pine, mixed conifer and pinon juniper. (reduction in acreage due to more accurate mapping).
  • 15% containment status.
  • Direct threats to cultural and archeological resources, tribal facilities, rec areas and the Tri-State power lines are currently of concern to Fire Managers.
  • All evacuation orders have been lifted.

June 9, 2018

  • Elevated to Preparedness Level 4.
  • Minimal fire growth overnight.
  • Evacuation orders lifted as of 1500 hours MDT.

June 8, 2018

  • 1,300 acres. 5% contained.
  • 1 VLAT, 1 Lead, 1 Air Attack, 1 Type 3 Helicopter, 1 Type 2  Initial Attack crew ordered with an IMET en route.
  • Additionally 2 Airtankers, 2 IHCs (Valyermo, Smokey Bear) ordered.
  • 7 Hotshot crews constructed a fire line directly on the east and west flanks.
  • Structure protection on numerous homes.
  • Type 3 IMT as Command.
  • Air resources, BIA and US Forest Service en route.
  • Estimated 300 – 400 people evacuated.
  • Tri-State power company shutting off power to Tularosa Mescalero Ruidoso Downs at 1345 hours to enable slurry bombers can attack the fire.

June 7, 2018

  • Fire gaining ground near Mescalero in the Sacramento Mountains.
  • Type 1 IMT ordered and due to arrive on June 8, 2018.
  • Up to 200 acres and increase fast initially).
  • Mandatory evacuations in progress for : Blank Canyon, Windy Point, White Mountain subdivision.
  • US 70 mile marker 270 (Tularosa) to mile marker 248 (Mescalero) closed in both directions.

Photo Credit | FlightRadar

  • Shelter at Mescalero Community Center, Mescalero Reformed Church, Tularosa Rec Center.
  • Weather conditions – light and generally from the east at the surface but smoke moving northeast due to mid and upper-level wind direction. Dry storms nearby causing gusty, erratic conditions.
  • 2,554 acres. 0% containment.
  • Reports fire can been from Santa Fe County, a dark orange bank of clouds far behind the Ortiz Mountains.


Thunderstorms are expected for the area that may bring light rain and erratic winds to the fire area.  Some crews are on stand-by ready for any new starts that may appear in the area.

Fire danger is extremely high and restrictions remain in place for the Sacramento Mountain Range and Mescalero Apache lands.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – updated 1300  hours PDT