Luna Fire still under investigation

On the west side of Bull Canyon, a firefighter prepares to leave before the forecasted snowstorm in Luna Canyon on Sunday (Oct. 25). Behind him, burn scars from the Luna Fire blacken the scorched hillside.

The cause of the Luna Fire that burned 10,142 acres just two miles northeast of Chacon, New Mexico is still “under investigation,” according to a press release Friday (Nov. 13) from MaryAnna Clemons, Public Affairs Officer for the Carson National Forest. The fire started nearly a month ago.

Though the fire is 70 percent contained and just a small crew of 34 personnel and one engine remain on site, investigators still have not figured out what initially ignited the blaze, according to officials.

According to the press release, the date for total containment was set for Nov. 10, though it is clear it’s taking some extra time to fully combat the fire in the tumultuous terrain. “The Type 4 Incident Command team continues to work in steep inaccessible country at high altitude with narrow and winding roads,” said the press release. “Fire-fighting efforts continue to work toward full suppression.”

Eyewitness accounts the evening of Oct. 17 when the fire began reported a flash of light followed by a large plume of smoke making some wondering if a plane had crashed. But the FAA has said that they do not have any records of any personal or commercial aircraft going down in the area. Cannon Air Force Base and Kirtland Air Force Base also reported no plane crash in the area. 

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