Fire crews control blaze near Lama

By John Miller
jmiller@taosnews.com
Posted 8/19/19

Firefighters with Carson National Forest and Lama Fire Department responded to a half-acre fire near Lama Monday afternoon (Aug. 19), but now have the fire under control.

Denise Ottaviano, public …

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Fire crews control blaze near Lama

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Firefighters with Carson National Forest and Lama Fire Department responded to a 1.6 acre fire near Lama Monday afternoon (Aug. 19), but now have the fire under control.

Denise Ottaviano, public affairs officer for the National Forest Service office in Taos, said the fire was reported around noon off of Forest Road 493 in the Questa Ranger District.

Firefighters drove multiple fire engines to the scene to combat the small fire, which is believed to be human-caused due to the lack of lightning in the area on Monday. Other details regarding the cause of the fire are pending a Forest Service investigation.

Ottaviano said firefighters are referring to the fire as "the slash fire," as it began in an area where Forest Service workers have performed thinning projects. Remaining branches and limbs had been piled in the area following those projects, adding fuel to the fire.

Ottaviano said firefighters had the fire under control as of midafternoon on Monday.

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