Carson National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
208 Cruz Alta Road
Taos, NM 87571
Public Information Line
CARSON NATIONAL FOREST
Incident Website: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7246
New Mexico Fire Information: nmfireinfo.com
Public Information Line: 575-377-4263
Incident Email: 2020.Luna@firenet.gov
Start Date: October 17, 2020 Acreage: 10,300 Location: 2 miles North of Chacon Percent Contained: 0 Cause: Under Investigation Full Containment: 11/10/2020
Hand Crews: 4 Dozers: 5 Water Tenders: 5 Engines: 7Helicopters: 3 Air Tankers: Available as needed Total Personnel: 150
Current Situation: Yesterday, favorable winds allowed firefighters to make good progress in Luna Canyon constructing and improving fire containment lines utilizing dozers, air tankers and helicopters. Today, a Red Flag Warning has been issued for strong winds and low relative humidity. This weather event will cause increased fire activity in Frijoles Canyon and on the north perimeter in the Rincon Mountains. The fire will also be active on the west side in Marias Canyon and the headwaters of Bull Creek. Priorities for today will be structure protection in Luna, Lujan and Bull Canyons as well as keeping the fire from moving any further south in these areas. Firefighters will also continue constructing dozer line from Luna Canyon north towards Quemado Canyon.
Weather:A Red Flag warning has been issued for moderate westerly winds today through this evening. Relative humidity will be 15-19 percent, winds gusts 30-40 mph this afternoon and temperatures 51-55 degrees.
Evacuations: A Voluntary Evacuation Notice has been issued for the Luna Canyon area.
Fire Restrictions: Stage 1 Fire Restrictions will be implemented on the Carson National Forest starting at 8:00 AM on October 23 to reduce the risk for human-caused wildfire under the current dry weather conditions.
Fire Closures: The Carson National Forest has issued a temporary closure (Forest Order 02-484) prohibiting members of the public from entering the area around the Luna Fire, including all National Forest System Lands, roads and trails affected by the fire. A Temporary Flight Restriction over the fire remains in place.
Ready, Set, Go!: Wildfires can burn at any time, as we have seen with the Luna Fire, requiring firefighters and residents to be on heightened alert to respond to these emergencies. The Ready, Set, Go! Program works in collaboration with New Mexico’s Living with Fire and other existing community wildland fire education efforts to help residents prepare for a wildfire emergency. For more information on wildfire prevention and how you can prepare for wildfires, visit www.wildlandfirersg.org.
Smoke Outlook: Periods of dense smoke this morning in Guadalupita and Mora that will clear out as winds shift to west-southwesterly. Moderate winds with high wind gusts and extremely dry vegetation will lead to heavy smoke production particularly in the afternoon. As the winds shift, Angel Fire, Cimarron, Guadalupita, Ocate, Springer and other communities northeast and east of the fire could experience periods of heavy smoke.
Safety Message: Today a cold front will move through the area bringing strong winds and the potential for extreme fire danger. The Carson National Forest has temporarily closed the Luna Fire area to public access including hunting. For your safety, please stay out of the area.