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Sardinas Canyon Fire – July 1, 2018 Update

Location Map

Acres: Approximately 2,094 acres

Percent Containment: 0%

Start Date: June 24, 2018, 2:09pm

Cause: Human, under investigation

Jurisdiction: Carson National Forest, Camino Real Ranger District

Fuels: Aspen, high altitude mixed conifer, and sub-alpine fir

Origin Location: Sardinas Canyon, 18 miles southeast of Taos, New Mexico

Resources: 197 personnel, 4 crews, 9 engines, 3 dozers, 3 helicopters, 1 fixed wing, 1 road grader, 1 ambulance, 1 rapid extraction module, 4 water tenders and 1 skidgen

Investigation is ongoing; however, the fire has been determined to be human caused. Details will be made available once the investigation is completed by law enforcement.

Fire remains at zero percent containment. Incident overhead and firefighters continue to implement tactical advantages to create a solid and secure anchor point. Once completed, the team will have a firm toe hold in the black which will increase the probability of success to establish a safe anchor point for containment lines. Dozer operations continue today to establish line from Forest Road 76 to Forest Road 442. Firefighters will utilize previously created dozer line and dig new direct dozer lines to secure the western flank of the fire. Crews are reinforcing Forest Road 76 to prevent the fire from spreading any further east. Air Operations proceed to employ helicopters to aid suppression efforts. Structure protection around Sierra Vista Communication site is complete.

Today, mostly sunny conditions expected in the morning. A chance of thunderstorms developing this afternoon may produce gusty, erratic winds; however, the cloud coverage will moderate fire behavior. Fire activity and smoke will vary with weather, vegetation and terrain. Local air quality will be impacted by various fires in the surrounding area.

Mora, Chacon, Holman, Angel Fire, Black Lake, Taos, Peñasco, Ranchos De Taos, Talpa, Pot Creek, Tres Ritos, Valle Escondido, and Taos Canyon communities may be impacted by smoke because of prevailing winds. Smoke activity is low in the morning but increases with temperature and wind in the afternoon. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health’s website.

The Carson National Forest is closed, prohibiting public access to the forest (with the exception of the Jicarilla Ranger District, Eagle Rock Lake and Mallette Park on the Questa Ranger District will remain open during daylight hours).

Additional closure information can be found online at the Carson National Forest webpage.

A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place over the fire. Unauthorized use of unmanned aircraft (also known as “drones”) in a fire area endangers the lives of pilots and firefighters and is strictly forbidden. Never fly unmanned aircraft over or near a wildfire whether there is a TFR (Temporary Flight Restriction) in effect or not.

Visit https://www.nifc.gov/drones and Know Before You Fly for more information on drones and wildfires.

Sardinas Canyon Fire Info: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5868/ and https://nmfireinfo.com Air Quality: https://app.airsis.com/USFS/Units/Details?custid=2&unitid=1041&isHistoric=False and https://app.airsis.com/USFS/Units/Details?custid=2&unitid=1063&isHistoric=False

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CarsonNF/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/CarsonNF Email: sardinascanyonfireinfo@gmail.com Public Line: (575) 737-8784 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.) Fire Information Board: Smith’s Store in Taos

Location map of the Sardinas Canyon fire - fire area is red outlined pink filled polygon