July 10 Sardinas Canyon Fire Final Update

Release Date: Jul 10, 2018  

Acres: Approximately 2,337 acres                              

Percent Containment: 50%

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: 38 personnel, 3 engines, 1 excavator, 1 road grader

The Sardinas Canyon Fire transitioned from the Type 3 Organization to a Type 4 Organization this morning at 6:00 a.m.  Due to steep and inaccessible terrain, the northeast portion of the fire perimeter will not be fully contained until substantial rainfall occurs over the fire area.  Crews will continue to hold and secure containment lines. 

The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Suppression repair work continues, contingent on the weather.  The fire suppression repair and rehabilitation crews will continue to chip previously cut vegetation and repair dozer lines.

There will be a community meeting held on July 12, 2018 at 5:30 pm located at the Penasco Community Center at 14136 NM-75, Penasco, New Mexico.  Carson National Forest Staff and Fire Managers will be on hand to answer questions about the Sardinas Canyon fire and post suppression activities.

The area around the Sardinas Canyon Fire will remain closed due to ongoing fire activities and for the safety of the public. Access to Forest Service Road 76, off Hwy 518, will be closed, as well as sections of Forest Service Roads 442, 440 and 439. We discourage traveling on these roads, but if you do, please exercise extreme caution for firefighter safety. The La Junta Summerhomes, Duran and Upper La Junta campgrounds are located off of Forest Service Road 76 and are included in this area closure. The Forest Service continually reevaluates the closures in this area for safety of the public to consider reopening the roads for public use.

This is the last update regarding the Sardinas Canyon Fire. If you have any questions, please contact the Carson National Forest, 575-785-6200 or go to https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5868/.

The Carson National Forest is in Stage 2 Fire Restrictions. Fire Danger is still rated as VERY HIGH. The area around the fire remains closed for public safety until lifted by the Carson National Forest. Roadblocks have been set up by local law enforcement. For more information on fire restrictions and area closure visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/carson.



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