Carson National Forset Midnight Wildfire Update, 10:00 a.m.

Release Date: Oct 24, 2012  

Taos, NM, October 24, 2012 – As of this morning, the Midnight Fire has grown to 323 acres, and has burned to within ¼ mile from the Valle Vidal recreation area on the Questa Ranger District.  The fire is located 5-6 miles north and east of the Town of Red River.


Active fire behavior is expected today with high winds from the west moving the fire in an easterly direction. A cold front moving into the area on Thursday and Friday, with lower temperatures and higher humidities, will help to reduce fire behavior.


The Northern New Mexico Type 3 Incident Management Team assumed command of the fire this morning at 7:00 a.m. and the resources include 2 dozers, 8 engines and several firefighting crews for a total of 75 personnel assigned to this fire.

The fire is being managed under a full suppression strategy and is burning in spruce and mixed conifer.

Today, fire managers will try to establish an anchor point on the southern flank of the fire to keep the fire from moving south.

As a precautionary measure, campers in the Valle Vidal, McCrystal and Cimarron campgrounds are being asked to prepare to evacuate the campgrounds if necessary. At this time no structures are being threatened.  The cause is currently under investigation.

For continued fire information please call 575-758-6235 or 575-758-6233 at the Questa Ranger District where the Incident Command Post will be located.