Dorado/Cañada del Agua Prescribed Fire Update

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Contact(s): Zach Behrens, 575-758-6303


Yesterday, fire crews on the Dorado/Cañada del Agua Prescribed Fire successfully established blackline around the perimeter of the prescribed fire area. Blackline is a line secured with low intensity burning to remove fuels.

Today, ignitions on the remaining interior acreage, about 300 acres, will be completed as long as weather and fire behavior conditions remain favorable. A meteorologist is on site giving live updates to the fire leadership.

Smoke has been visible from Taos and is impacting other surrounding communities as more dense interior surface fuels are consumed. Fire behavior continues to be low to moderate intensity, clearing dead and down trees, shrubs and grasses from the forest floor. Conditions in the prescribed fire area have been optimal for fuel reduction that will improve the health and resilience of the forest.

Crews will continue to monitor weather and other conditions as they move forward to complete the project today. Temperatures will be in the low to mid 70s today, with surface winds 12-20 mph and occasional gusts up to 30 mph. There is the possibility of light precipitation over the prescribed fire area.

Updates for the Dorado/Cañada del Agua Prescribed Fire will be posted on InciWeb at and the Forest’s social media channels (Facebook, Twitter).