SFNF Chicoma Fire Ignites West Of Espanola

SFNF News:

A fire ignited Monday afternoon in the Espanola Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest, nine miles west of Espanola and five miles east of Chicoma peak.

  • Start Date: April 30, 2018
  • Cause: Unknown
  • Size: 20 acres
  • Weather: The winds are out of the southwest, gusting up to 20 MPH.
  • Situation: The fire was reported Monday afternoon. Resources on scene include three engines and a 20-person hand crew. Four air tankers also are on scene, dropping retardant on the fire. In addition, a 20-person hotshot crew headed to the scene late Monday along with two additional fire engines. 
  • Smoke/Air Quality: 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. Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health’s website at https://nmtracking.org/fire.

Fire Information: Fire updates are posted on the New Mexico Fire Information website at nmfireinfo.com and on Twitter @SantaFeNF and www.facebook.com/SantaFeNF. For more information, call 505.438.5321 or email abouchonville@fs.fed.us.