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Rincon Fire

Unit Information

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

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The Rincon Fire was started by lightning June 11, 2021. It is burning within the Pecos Wilderness area in steep, rocky terrain at 11,000-feet elevation. Insect infestation, primarily the spruce beetle, has killed a lot of trees in the area, which is likely to provide ample fuel and generate significant smoke. The challenging topography and heavy fuel load are major factors in determining suppression tactics for the Rincon Fire. 

Southwest Area Incident Management Team 4, lead by Incident Commander Carl Schwope assumed command of the Rincon Fire at 6:00am June 15, 2021.

Smoke from the Rincon Fire is visible within a 100-mile radius of the fire. An interactive smoke map at allows you to zoom into the Santa Fe area to see the latest smoke information. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary Measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) website at

Fire updates will be posted on the SFNF websiteNew Mexico Fire Information websiteInciweb and on the SFNF Facebook and Twitter

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginFriday June 11th, 2021 approx. 12:00 PM
LocationPecos Wilderness
Incident CommanderAndrew Valdez
Coordinates35.909 latitude, -105.533 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel65
Size533 Acres
Fuels Involved

Spruce/fir, heavy underbrush, heavy dead and down.

Significant Events

Minimal creeping and smoldering.


Planned Actions

Monitor fire and gather intel for secondary lines to protect potential values at risk.

Projected Incident Activity

No anticipated fire movement.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Multiple rounds of showers and thunderstorms developed around

the Rincon Fire on Saturday, although minimal rainfall fell over the fire. Extensive cloud cover helped keep temperatures in the low 70s to mid-8Os and helped keep humidity from dropping into the teens. Light east to southeast winds through the morning became variable las outflow moved across the area. Wind speeds in the afternoon ranged from 8 to 15 mph with gusts 20 to 25 mph at times.