The human-caused Sardinas Canyon Fire burning about 18 miles southeast of Taos topped 2,200 acres in rugged mountain terrain and was about 12 percent contained by Tuesday (July 3).
The human-caused Sardinas Canyon Fire burning about 18 miles southeast of Taos topped 2,309 acres in rugged mountain terrain and was about 12 percent contained by Wednesday (July 4).
Investigators have not yet released details on how the fire, which was reported June 24 in the Carson National Forest, was started. Other human-caused fires have been sparked in the past by downed power lines, abandoned campfires, chainsaws and cigarettes.
The Carson National Forest is currently closed to public entry. All trails, campgrounds and roads are closed except in areas leased by ski areas.
A total of 144 fire personnel continue to work on containing the Sardinas Canyon Fire, down from 164 as of Tuesday. "Firefighters will utilize previously established dozer lines while continuing to improve and secure the western flank of the fire along the Forest Service 442 road and Forest Road 1889 to the south. Crews will continue to secure and monitor the eastern flanks while patrolling along Forest Road 76. Air Operations proceed to employ helicopters to aid suppression efforts," according to a fire information update Tuesday morning (July 3).
Another fire, the Emily Fire, is reported at about 460 acres burning in the Turkey Mountains north of Las Vegas, New Mexico.
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