Chicoma Fire Near Espanola Grows To 42 Acres

Staff Report

The Chicoma Fire, which started Monday afternoon in the Espanola Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) five miles east of Chicoma Peak and nine miles west of Espanola grew  to more than 40 acres overnight.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

SFNF public affairs assistant Anna Bouchonville told the Los Alamos Daily Post today that resources on the scene include four engines, two water tankers, a 20-person handcrew and a 20-person hotshot crew. She said four air tankers have been dropping retardant on the fire.

Communities to the east or northeast may be impacted by smoke because of prevailing winds. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures.

Los Alamos Fire Department Wildland Fire Chief Kelly Sterna said today that LAFD does not have plans at this time to send resources to the fire.