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Update: Monday (Oct. 19) The size of the Luna fire was reduced to 6,385 after additional mapping, according to the Fire, Weather and Avalanche Center.

A forest fire that started Saturday night (Oct. 17) within rugged canyons in the Carson National Forest a few miles north-northeast of Chacon, New Mexico had burned more than 7,400 acres by Sunday midday.

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Outfitter James Duran saw a big red plume of smoke up Luna Canyon about 7:15 p.m. Saturday night (Oct. 17) and knew that meant trouble. He called his dad Martín Duran and they met out at the family's Luna Canyon Cattle Company ranch. The flames were visible above the canyon wall in an area that sits close to the border of Taos and Mora counties.

By Sunday morning the Luna fire had spread across more than 7,445 acres.

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Update: Sunday (Oct. 18), Noon 

The Luna fire has been mapped at 7,445 acres, according to information on the Fire, Weather and Avalanche Center website with data from the Carson National Forest. 

The fire was reported Saturday night by community members, she said.

Smoke will likely be visible from Angel Fire, Black Lake, Mora, Guadalupita and Taos.

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U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Lujan and Deb Haaland have introduced legislation to protect Cerro de la Olla, also known as Pot Mountain, as a wilderness area in Taos County. 

The domed mountain, important to wildlife, hunters, ranchers and wood gatherers for hundreds of years, is located within the Río Grande del Norte National Monument, northwest of Taos.

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Taos Pueblo unveiled proposed plans to the town of Taos council for a Taos Pueblo Heritage Center at the site of the old Lineberry Estate, at 501 Paseo del Pueblo Norte.

Taos Pueblo's governor, warchief and their staffs presented the multiyear plan to the council at the Tuesday (Oct. 13) virtual public meeting.

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COVID update: Oct. 14, 2020

As the number of novel coronavirus cases rises again in New Mexico, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Tuesday (Oct. 13) that she is putting stricter health regulations back in place beginning Friday (Oct. 16).

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