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Midnight Fire

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208 Cruz Alta Road 
208 Cruz Alta Road 

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Midnight Fire fully contained

Midnight Fire
News - 07/05/2022

Containment on the 4,896-acre Midnight Fire reached 100% on Friday, July 1. Firefighters will continue to monitor the fire’s edge and mop-up hotspots as the weather conditions allow until the fire officially declared controlled and out. Some interior areas may continue to smolder and smoke may be visible. No perimeter growth is expected.

Forest Order closing the fire area and potential debris outflow locations has been put in place for public safety. Forest Road 44 is closed between County Road 248 and Forest Road 123. A full list of roads closed by the order is online. Open roads in the area, including Forest Road 123, may still experience some flooding.

The Midnight Fire was first reported around 7:45 p.m. on June 9, when smoke was seen approximately eight miles north of El Rito (Rio Arriba County), New Mexico. Firefighters immediately responded, eventually finding the fire in a remote area around midnight, the timing which the fire was named after. A lightning strike was determined to be the cause.

The fire’s behavior became less intense, and its rate of spread slowed, when flames reached areas recently treated with prescribed fire in 2018, as well as the burn area of the 2019 Francisquito Fire, a 2,009-acre lightning-caused fire that was managed for forest health, among other objectives. These areas gave firefighters safer spaces to work within and build containment lines.

The fire is currently being managed Carson National Forest employees.