Sardinas Canyon Fire – July 5, 2018 Update

PIO Containment map

Acres: Approximately 2,307 acres

Percent Containment: 15%

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

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: 142 personnel, 2 crews, 7 engines, 2 dozers, 3 helicopters, 3 water tenders, 1 road grader, 1 ambulance, 1 rapid extraction module and 1 skidgen

Expect to see a change in acreage as better mapping becomes available.  Due to safety concerns and over exposure, fire managers are unwilling to commit resources for an accurate GPS measurement. Expected growth may be minimal due to moderate fire activity over the last few days.  As the fire perimeter becomes safer, fire managers may be able to commit resources along portions of the perimeter for an accurate measurement.  The result in increased acreage will be a combination of growth from the past three days.

Light precipitation was received over portions of the fire, yesterday and rain is expected today.  Crews will construct indirect hand line off the dozer line on the northwest flank of the fire working towards FS road 439.  Firefighters concentrate efforts on the southern portion, removing hazardous trees along the perimeter of the fire.  Hazardous tree removal efforts will help mitigate risks for mop up operations in the next several days.  A dozer like track vehicle with a 1,100 gallon water tank, also known as a skidgen, will support firefighters in mop up efforts on the southern portion.  Crews will begin removing previously cut vegetation by processing the slash through a chipper.  The processed chips will remain on site for soil stabilization along FS road 76. 

The Community of Vadito can expect smoke to reach moderate levels between 9 pm and 9 am. Surrounding communities may be impacted by smoke because of prevailing winds.  Smoke-sensitive individuals, seniors, children, pregnant persons and people with respiratory or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. With the increase of fires in the region smoke from other incidents may impact local communities. Information on air quality and protecting your health using the 5-3-1 visibility method can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health’s website 

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

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 on 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 in effect or not.  Visit for more information on drones and wildfires.

Sardinas Canyon Fire Info:

Air Quality: and




Public Line: (575) 737-8784 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

Sardinas Canyon fire map showing containment