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Luna Fire

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contact

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Phone: 575-999-5548

The Luna Fire started on Oct. 17, 2020, approximately two miles north of Chacon, NM. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. Fuels are primarily mixed conifer tapering to ponderosa pine at lower elevations and light grass in open areas. Fire behavior has ranged from moderate to extreme, driven by terrain and winds. Firefighters are continuing fire suppression efforts to protect values at risk and strengthen containment lines.

Without the traditional monsoon season, fuel moistures are very low for this time of year and other fire indices are unseasonably high. Due to the complexity of the Luna Fire and values at risk, the Carson National Forest and New Mexico State Forestry Division ordered additional resources.

On Oct. 31, Carson National Forest Incident Commander assumed command of the fire from the California Incident Management Team 5, led by Incident Commander Rick Young. If any activity changes, the Carson National Forest will provide information on Inciweb, the Carson National Forest social media accounts and New Mexico Fire Information.   

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnknown
Date of OriginSaturday October 17th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
LocationApproximately 2 miles north of the community of Chacon, NM.
Coordinates36.264 latitude, -105.34 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel21
Size10,142 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained61%
Estimated Containment DateTuesday November 10th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

The fire is burning in a mixed conifer stand with little to no grass understory. The litter component is light mixed with light slash. A substantial amount of the fuel component in the timber stand is the 1000 hour fuels. These fuels will react very slowly to precipitation. Although precipitation is in the forecast, a long term wetting rain will be required to mitigate the record fuel dryness and return the ERCs to normal levels.

Significant Events

Minimal, Smoldering

Outlook

Planned Actions

Patrol and monitor existing containment lines as weather conditions allow.

Projected Incident Activity

Fire will remain within the current perimeter.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Mostly sunny with temperatures increasing throughout the day. A warming and drying trend is expected to continue through the week.