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Schoolhouse Fire on Tres Piedras Ranger District, April 4, 2018, 7:00 PM

Three fire trucks with 2 fireman evaluating fire in trees from a distance


  • Tres Piedras Ranger District of the Carson National Forest
  • Approximately 1 mile Southwest of the community of Tres Piedras, NM

Start Date:  April 4, 2018, 3:40 p.m.                       

Size:  1 acre    Containment:  80%     

Cause:  human caused, under investigation

Resources Assigned: 3 engines, 1 helicopter, 13 total personnel

Vegetation:  Ponderosa Pine

Summary:  The Schoolhouse fire started just inside the Forest Service boundary, 1 mile southwest of the intersection of State Highways 64/285 in the community of Tres Piedras and approximately one half mile west of State Highway 285. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management engines were immediately dispatched and arrived on scene shortly after the fire was reported. Tres Piedras Volunteer Fire Department also responded.

Due to windy conditions and the close proximity of the fire to structures in and around Tres Piedras, a helicopter was called in for water drops. Due to the quick response by firefighters and the assistance of the helicopter, forward progress of the fire was stopped at 1 acre.  Full containment is expected tomorrow.

This fire was human caused and is under investigation. Visitors are reminded to be aware of conditions around them, and their activities, and take care not to cause the spark that could ignite a wildfire. Use ashtrays to dispose of smoking materials. Secure tow chains so they do not drag on asphalt. Do not park vehicles over dry grass. Do not weld outdoors or build campfires on windy days.  Make sure your campfires are dead out and never leave a campfire unattended for any reason for any length of time.

Fire in shrub at the end of a two track road