Now that Northern New Mexico is well into fire season, there's been more wildfires, prescribed burns and smoke to keep track of. At least 10 wildfires were burning across New Mexico as of Wednesday …
Now that Northern New Mexico is well into fire season, there's been more wildfires, prescribed burns and smoke to keep track of. At least 10 wildfires were burning across New Mexico as of Wednesday (July 10), totaling almost 20,000 acres. Here's a break down of those impacting Taos County.
Naranjo Fire (Santa Fe National Forest) -- A dense plume of smoke settled over Taos Tuesday afternoon (July 9). It came from a wildfire burning near Regina, New Mexico, which is west of Abiquiú, on the Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest.
The fire started with a lightning strike July 1. The plume was the result of "firing operations" conducted Tuesday, wherein firefighters increased the size of the Naranjo Fire by 668 acres in a single day, using aerial ignitions. The size of the fire is now 732 acres.
La Jara Prescribed Burn (Taos Canyon) -- The La Jara prescribed burn began June 28 in an area off of U.S. Highway 64 at Palo Flechado Pass, which is the dividing line between Taos and Colfax counties.
Due to persistent rain, the Carson National Forest suspended the burn Sunday (July 7) and it will be resumed in September, if weather conditions are right.
The planned burn area was 986 acres. The 576-acre Bull Springs Unit was completed, with a total of 657 acres treated during the duration of the prescribed burn.
Pile burns (Taos Ski Valley) -- A pile burn on private land near Taos Ski Valley was conducted Tuesday and Wednesday (July 9-10).
False alarms -- Since the beginning of the month, there's been a handful of false alarms, with fire officials checking out reported smoke, but with no smoke or fire found.
Keep track of New Mexico fires at nmfireinfo.org.
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