Sarca Fire UPDATE July 13

Release Date: Jul 13, 2018  

Start Date: July 7

Cause: Lightning

Size: 7 acres

Location: Agua Sarca drainage area of the Pecos Wilderness - Santa Fe National Forest

Containment: 0%

Fuel: ponderosa pine and other mixed conifer

Weather: Cloudy with rain storms approaching

Situation: The fire received precipitation yesterday and rain is forecasted for the fire area daily through Monday, July 16. Due to the combination of the fire being inside the Pecos wilderness area, the steep and rocky terrain, and precipitation and lightning, fire managers are monitoring the fire by aircraft. Smoke may be visible along 285/84 corridor, Espanola, Pojoaque, and Tesuque areas.

Smoke/Air Quality: Smoke impact to local communities at this time is low, however, smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory or heart disease should be prepared to exercise precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health’s website at For information on the HEPA filter loan program, go to

Fire Information: Fire updates are posted on the New Mexico Fire Information website at and on Twitter @SantaFeNF and

For more information, contact the Espanola Ranger District at (505) 753-7331.



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