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Cajete Fire

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Santa Fe National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
New Mexico
Santa Fe, NM 87508

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Fire Information: After Sunday, June 25, 2017 Cajete Fire information inquiries may be directed to Santa Fe National Forest Public Affairs Specialist Julie Anne Overton at (505) 438-5320 or

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Cajete Fire Start Date: June 15, 2017

Cause: Abandoned campfire Size as of 6/25/17: 1,412 acres Containment as of 6/25/17: 96%

Vegetation: Ponderosa pine with some mixed conifer and aspen on north facing slopes.

Situation on 6/25/17: Under the leadership of Type 3 Incident Commander Matt Armantrout, firefighters are mopping-up hot spots, gridding for residual heat, and addressing fire suppression repair needs, including removing hazardous trees along Highway 4. Crews and overhead personnel are being demobilized and re-assigned to other incidents. Command of the Cajete Fire will transition to a Type 4 organization and the Jemez Ranger District on Tuesday, June 27, 2017.

Closures, Restrictions, and Safety: Stage 1 fire restrictions are in effect and the burned area remains closed to the public due to hazardous conditions. Motorists are urged to be aware of firefighters and equipment in transit along Highway 4. Gusting winds may cause hazard trees to fall unexpectedly.

Fireworks are prohibited within Santa Fe National Forest. Visitors are urged to follow campfire safety procedures to prevent wildfires and ensure public safety. Campfires are allowed only in established campground fire rings. All fires must be fully extinguished prior to leaving the area. If you discover an unattended campfire, use 911 to report it, and do what you can to put it out.

Access to Area Attractions: All businesses and recreation sites in and around Jemez Springs are open. The Valles Caldera National Preserve is open. A segment of the Las Conchas Trail (#137) remains closed between the last bridge coming from the Las Conchas Trailhead (before the trail ascends) and the East Fork Trailhead. The Gilman Tunnels are closed for repair.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseAbandoned Campfire
Date of OriginThursday June 15th, 2017 approx. 10:46 AM
Location8 miles northeast of Jemez Springs, NM
Incident CommanderTerrance Gallegos, Type 4 IC
Coordinates35.815 latitude, -106.57 longitude

Current Situation

Size1,412 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

Timber(Grass and Understory), Timber(Litter and understory),

Medium Logging slash

Significant Events

The fire was controlled, this will be the final 209 for this incident. No fire behavior observed area received over 1.5 inches of rain.


Planned Actions

Mop-up and patrol will continue on any areas on heat that could pose risk to containment.

Projected Incident Activity

No projected fire spread. No containment until substantial rain received on the fire.


Todd Decker assumed command of the fire on July 3rd, 2017

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Fire received rain , continue to increase in moisture through next week.