As of Wednesday morning, the Luna Fire has burned through 8,000 acres, some 16 miles southeast of Taos and two miles northeast of the small unincorporated community of Chacon.
In an open-air town hall meeting in Angel Fire on Tuesday (Oct. 20), Angel Fire Fire Chief John Murtagh said the Luna Fire is burning with an Energy Release Component of 97 percent, which "predicts fire danger that you would usually see in June or July."
"We're breaking records,” said Incident commander Jamie Long. “We've never seen 97th percentile ERCs in October. ... It’s abnormally dry, there’s wind and then we've got a combination of multiple ignition sources, which drives the extreme potential of fires.”
The fire is zero percent contained and what ignited it is still unknown. Firefighters and personnel from local, state and federal agencies are working to contain the blaze before it reaches homes and other resources.