Update: Wildfire burning near Cowles/Pecos Wilderness contained

Area trails closed until fire operations finished

Posted 6/27/20

Firefighters are working in heavy fuels to contain a wildfire north of Pecos near the popular Cowles fishing ponds that was spotted Friday (June 26). 

The cause of the fire was still under …

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Update: Wildfire burning near Cowles/Pecos Wilderness contained

Area trails closed until fire operations finished

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Update: Sunday, (June 28)

Fire managers said the Winsor Ridge Fire had been fully contained by mid-afternoon. Still several trail heads were temporarily closed until further notice.  No injuries were reported. On Saturday, forest personnel diverted approximately 500 people away from the area around the fire. Members of the public should stay away from the Cowles Ponds area, the Winsor Ridge Trailhead and Stewart Lake so they do not interfere with fire operations.

Firefighters are working in heavy fuels to contain a wildfire north of Pecos near the popular Cowles fishing ponds that was spotted Friday (June 26). 

The cause of the fire was still under investigation Saturday (June 27) and it was 0 percent contained after burning about two acres, according to a 1:30 p.m. fire management update from the Santa Fe National Forest. 

The fire is burning in the Pecos /Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest, about 1.7 miles from the Winsor Ridge Trailhead at Cowles and approximately 20 miles north of the village of Pecos. 

The steep slopes, rocky terrain and heavy concentration of dead and down timber makes it challenging for firefighters. 

A red flag, high fire risk warning has been issued by the National Weather Service  for the region until 8 p.m. Saturday. Wind speeds gusting up to 35 miles per hour from the southwest and humidity is ranging from 9 percent to 15 percent making conditions ideal to spread a fire quickly. 

Two helicopters with water buckets, one fixed-wing aircraft, two engine modules and approximately 40 personnel are on the ground, according to a statement from the Santa Fe National Forest.

The Cowles Ponds fishing site, Cowles Campground and Winsor Ridge recreation cabins are at risk. 

The public is urged to stay away from the Cowles Ponds area, the Winsor Ridge Trailhead and Stewart Lake so they do not interfere with fire operations. 

On Sunday, Santa Fe National Forest officials announced the following areas are closed until further notice: 

The order applies to the following areas:

Recreation sites:

Cowles Ponds Fishing Site

Cowles Parking Areas

Cowles Campground

Winsor Ridge Trailhead

Panchuela Campground

Panchuela Trailhead

Holy Ghost Trailhead

Forest Service roads:

Forest Road 121 (Winsor Canyon Road) from NM Route 63 in its entirety (T 19N, R 12E, sec 34)

Forest Road 305 (Panchuela Road) from Forest Road 121 in its entirety (T 18N, R 12E, sec 3)

Portions of the Pecos Wilderness:

Holy Ghost Trail 283 in its entirety to junction of Winsor Trail 254

Winsor Trail 254 to junction of Skyline Trail 251 (T 18N, R 11E, sec 1)

Skyline Trail 251 north to Stewart Lake

Skyline Trail 251 north to junction of Cave Creek Trail 288

Cave Creek Trail 288 to Panchuela Trailhead (T 19N, R 12E, sec 18)

Winsor Ridge Trail 271 in its entirety to Winsor Trailhead

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