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Bonita Fire


Approximate Location

36.613 latitude, -106.199 longitude

Incident Overview

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The Bonita Fire, located 3 miles north of Cañon Plaza, is currently burning on the El Rito Ranger District of the Carson National Forest. The Bonita Fire was caused by a lightning strike on June 3, 2017, and was initially managed for multiple resource objectives. Due to the increasing complexity of the fire, the Carson National Forest ordered the Southwest Area Type 2 Incident Management Team (SWAIMT) 4 on June 17, 2017. SWAIMT 4 took control of the fire on June 19, 2017, at 6:00am, and transitioned the management strategy to full suppression.

A closure order for those lands located within the boundaries of the Bonita Fire Area remains in effect until further notice. For more information regarding the Forest closure, please contact the El Rito Ranger District at (575) 581-4554.

For fire information, please contact us via email at or call the Bonita Fire Information Line at (505) 501-8509 from 8:00am to 7:00pm or visit the Carson National Forest Facebook page: or Twitter: @CarsonNF

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSaturday June 03rd, 2017 approx. 05:30 PM
LocationIn the vicinity of Canon Plaza
Incident CommanderSWAIMT4, David Bales

Current Situation

Total Personnel294
Size7,495 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained85%
Fuels Involved

Timber (grass and understory), brush and short grasses

Significant Events

The fire has consumed the majority of the pine litter in the fire area. Residual burning continues as logs, stumps, and other dead and down fuels continue to be consumed. Fine dead fuels outside of the fire area remain highly receptive with potential to continue to spread if ignition occurs.


Planned Actions

Patrol and hold fire on containment lines, continue mop-up operations and continue fire suppression repair on all divisions.

Projected Incident Activity

Fire behavior is expected to diminish as temperatures decrease with more cloud cover and possible scattered showers.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Cooler weather will be in place this weekend as the strong ridge of high pressure has shifted south. Increased moisture moving over from eastern New Mexico will result in scattered showers and thunderstorms that will be most active during the afternoon and evening hours. Conditions start to dry out early next week with temperatures climbing to near 90 degrees by Wednesday.

Unit Information

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Carson National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
208 Cruz Alta Road
Taos, 35 87571

Incident Contacts

Bonita Fire Public Information
Phone: 505-501-8509
Hours: Daily 8am-8pm
El Rito Ranger District
Phone: 575-581-4554
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