Will Hooper/Taos News

The Rincon Fire from a distance.

A fire burning in the Pecos Wilderness has burned 150 acres of forest as of June 12. Known as the Rincon Fire, which started Thursday (June 11), is located in the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest, and is burning approximately 2 miles east of Hamilton Mesa and 6 air miles northwest of the village of Upper Rociada.

Smoke from the fire could be seen from Taos when looking south. According to InciWeb, a national fire resource database, the blaze is burning spruce and firs that have been heavily infested with insects, thus making them more likely to catch fire.

Four hotshot crews, a type three incident management team, air tankers and a type two helicopter are currently working on a plan to contain the fire.

The cause of the fire remains unknown at this time.

This is a developing story.

Poso Fire update

June 14, 2021

EL RITO, NM - June 14, 2021 - As predicted the fire has caused smoke impacts to surrounding communities. Air quality monitors have been deployed at the Vallecitos Fire Station and the El Rito Ranger Station. Because air quality monitors are not available in all areas, your eyes are your best tools to determine if it's safe to be outside. Even if you smell smoke, the air quality may still be good.

Remember: if visibility is over 5 miles, the air quality is generally good. However, no matter how far you can see, if you are having health effects from smoke exposure then take extra care to stay inside or get to an area with better air quality. You should also see your doctor or healthcare professional as needed. Wildfire smoke can reduce visibility on roadways and aviation travel routes. People should exercise care when driving in smoky, low-visibility conditions. Visit fire.airnow.gov to see data from our air quality monitors.

Start date: May 29, 2021

Cause: Lightning

Size: 1,600 acres

Percent contained: 20 percent

Resources: 2 hand crews, 1 wildland fire module, 3 Type 6 engines, 1 Type 3 helicopter, 1 dozer, 1 grader, 2 water tenders, 1 ambulance, 1 Rapid Extraction Module (REM) Team, 1 unmanned aerial system (drone)

Fuels: Ponderosa pine and mixed conifer

Smoke: As fire increases in size and firing operations commence, smoke may be visible from the communities of Abiquiú, Canjilon, Cañon Plaza, Vallecitos, La Madera, El Rito, Ojo Caliente, Petaca, Las Tablas and Tres Piedras; and may continue to show for several days. For information on air quality and protecting your health, please visit nmtracking.org/fire. The health and safety of firefighters and the public are always the first priority. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures.

-- Courtesy of Carson National Forest

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