Update: Sunday (Oct. 18), Noon 

The Luna fire has been mapped at 7,445 acres, according to information on the Fire, Weather and Avalanche Center website with data from the Carson National Forest. 

Update: Sunday (Oct. 18) 8:40 a.m. The Luna fire burning in the Carson National Forest is now estimated at 1,000 acres, burning about two miles north-northeast of the community of Chacon, New Mexico, according to public information officer Maryanna Clemons. No communities are threatened at this time. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. 

The fire was reported Saturday night by community members, she said. 

Smoke will likely be visible from Angel Fire, Black Lake, Mora, Guadalupita and Taos.

A fire management team is working the blaze as more resources arrive to assist.

Update: Sunday (Oct. 18), 7 a.m. A blaze burning in the Carson National Forest east of Taos has been named the Luna fire and has scorched about 500 acres, according to the Fire, Weather and Avalanche Center.

The fire, reported Saturday night, is burning in a heavily forested, rugged area 7.9 miles north-northeast of Chacon, New Mexico near the border of Taos and Mora counties.

Original story: A fire was reported burning east of Taos, possibly in the Garcia Park area, about 9 p.m. Saturday night (Oct. 17).

Carson National Forest firefighters, Taos County Sheriff's Office and other first responders were en route to the fire, according to reports heard on Taos Interagency Dispatch Center. It was not though to be a threat to Valle Escondido at this time, according to chatter on the dispatch channel. 

Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe said the Federal Aviation Administration had been called and it did not appear the fire was sparked by a plane crash. 

A notice posted to the website FireWeatherAvalanche.com notes smoke was spotted about 8 miles north-northeast of Chacon.

Passersby on the mesa west of Taos reported on social media what appeared to be smoke and flames coming from the ridgeline east of Taos. A glow could be seen from the town of Taos just past the past La Vineteria Burn above Taos Canyon.

More information will be posted as it is available.

This is a developing story. 

Rick Romancito contributed to this report.

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Luna Fire at 7:15 am At least 10,000 acres size of 3 x 6 miles. https://maps.nwcg.gov/sa/?fbclid=IwAR0qtfv5o_d42c70myQIs_LG9zBbMTMSKyoL5t6teD93y01HubtLezoLyu8#/%3F/EditLayerSatelliteFireDetections/36.2371/-105.3911/13

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