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Bonita Fire

Unit Information

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

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Low intensity fire behavior from hand ignitions on June 20, 2017Image options: [ Full Size ]

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 at 6:00am, and transitioned the management strategy to full suppression. SWAIMT 4 transferred command to a Type 4 organization on June 27 at 7:00am.

As of July 4th, the Bonita Fire on the El Rito Ranger District of the Carson National Forest is 100% contained .

As of July 5th all roads in the Bonita Fire area are open, however, the public is asked to only travel around the fire if absolutely necessary and be alert for fire vehicle traffic. For safety reasons, the public is advised to avoid the interior burn area where there are many hazards.

Inciweb ( will remain the source for fire information, along with the Carson National Forest Facebook page ( and Twitter (@CarsonNF). For more information, please contact the El Rito Ranger District at 575-581-4554 (Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.).

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSaturday June 03rd, 2017 approx. 05:30 PM
LocationIn the vicinity of Canon Plaza
Incident CommanderEl Rito Ranger District
Coordinates36.613 latitude, -106.199 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel8
Size7,495 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

Timber (grass and understory), brush and short grasses

Significant Events


Planned Actions

Patrol and monitor fire area.

Projected Incident Activity