Cow Canyon Fire along Arizona and New Mexico border grows to 35,371 acres


Update on Cow Canyon Fire as of Oct. 22, 2020. (courtesy U.S. Forest Service)

ARIZONA (KRQE) – The Cow Canyon Fire started on Aug. 18, 2020, and was caused by lightning. The fire is burning in steep, rugged terrain and in a remote part of the Blue Range Primitive Area near the New Mexico and Arizona state border.

  • Start Date: August 18, 2020
  • Location: 4 miles to the Southeast of the Town of Blue, AZ
  • Containment: 20%
  • Size: 35,371 acres
  • Structures Threatened: Crews continue to try to keep the fire east of the Blue River and to provide protection for structures, cultural resources, and historical sites.
  • Evacuations: No
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Total Personnel: 122
  • Area Vegetation: Fire is burning within an open Ponderosa Pine stand and conifer with light grass understory and pockets of heavier fuel loading.

Fire officials report that on Oct. 20, a firefighter was injured on the Cow Canyon Fire and was transported to a local medical facility. The firefighter was released later that same day and returned to active duty status on the fire on Wednesday, Oct. 21.


Cow Flat Trail (#55) beginning at the trail junction of Bonanza Bill Trail (#23), following the Cow Flat Trail (#55) to the southwest until it meets the junction of WS Lake Trail (#54). Lanphier Trail (#52) at the trailhead and the junction of National Forest Service Road (NFSR) 281, following the trail to the southeast until it meets Cow Flat Trail (#55). South Canyon Trail (#53) at the trailhead and the junction of NFSR 281, following the trail to the southeast until it meets Cow Flat Trail (#55). The closure order and map can be found at

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