NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – The 140 Fire started in the Rio Chama bosque off of U.S. County Road 140 in Abiquiu Saturday afternoon. As of Sunday, evacuations have been lifted.
- Start Date: April 10, 2021
- Location: Abiquiu, NM, Rio Arriba County
- Containment: 100%
- Size: 30 acres
- Structures Threatened: N
- Structures Burned: 1 garage, 1 well house, and damage to 2 houses
- Evacuations: N
- Cause: Under investigation
- Total Personnel: n/a
- Area Vegetation: Bosque
- Ownership(s): Private
On Monday, officials say crews will continue to mop up hot spots. The cause is currently under investigation. Smoke may continue to be visible in the area.
What can you do to stay healthy if it gets too smoky?
- Get prepared for the wildfire smoke season as you would do in any other summer.
- Use the 5-3-1 Visibility Method, to assess air quality conditions in your area.
- If you have a chronic health condition, work with your healthcare providers to create a management plan for smoky conditions. If you use rescue medications, make sure that you always have an ample supply at home and carry them with you during the wildfire season.
- Limit outdoor exercise when it is smoky outside or choose lower-intensity activities.
- Use adequate filtration on your HVAC system or consider purchasing a portable air filter. Swamp coolers that draw in air from the outside are NOT recommended.
- Whenever possible, use air conditioners, heat pumps, fans, and window shades to keep your cleaner air space comfortably cool on hot days. Overheating can cause serious health problems.