Penasco Fire August 8

Start Date: August 8

Cause: Unknown

Size: 5 to 10 acres

Location: Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest

Containment: 0%

Resources: 0

Situation: The Penasco Fire is in a remote area of the Rio Chama Wilderness in the 2017 Ojitos Fire burn scar. The fire is approximately 5 to 10 acres burning on the ground with some single tree torching. Due to safety concerns, no resources will be committed at this time except to monitor the fire. Smoke may be visible from State Hwy 96, State Hwy 112, The Chama River and Coyote.

Smoke/Air Quality: Smoke impact is low. 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, on Twitter @SantaFeNF, and

For more information, contact the Coyote Ranger District at (575) 638-5526.


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