Colorado 2 Fire north of Mt. Taylor burns approximately 257 acres; 75% contained

Wildfires

Final update on Oct. 11, 2020

NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – The Colorado 2 Fire started on Oct. 5, 2020 and the cause of the fire is unknown at this time. The fire is burning in the Colorado Canyon and San Mateo Mountains.

  • Start Date: Oct. 5, 2020, with final update on Oct 11, 2020
  • Location: Colorado Canyon, San Mateo Mountains; East of NFSR 239, south of NFSR 453 and north of Mt Taylor
  • Containment: 75%
  • Estimated containment date: Thursday, October 15, 2020, approx. 12:00 a.m.
  • Size: Approximately 257 acres
  • Evacuations: At this time, the fire is not a threat to any communities, and there are no evacuations in effect
  • Cause: Under investigation
  • Fuels Involved: Timber (grass and understory)
  • Personnel: 69; Firefighters from the Cibola National Forest and Bureau of Indian Affairs are on scene with 4 type 6 engines and additional resources en route, including aerial resources

According to the Forest Service, the fire is exhibiting moderate fire behavior with isolated torching and above normal temperatures with humidity in the low teens, clear skies and drought conditions. Winds are out of the east at 5 mph to 10 mph with pm winds to the south.  

Forest officials also say the Mexican spotted owl habitat and rangeland infrastructure are at risk because of the fire. The Continental Divide Trail section of FSR 453 is open as of Oct. 13.

Closure Order Map, Oct. 8, 2020. Courtesy of Forest Service

Map of 2020 Wildfires in New Mexico

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