JEMEZ SPRINGS (KRQE) – Crews are actively responding to a new fire about nine miles north of Jemez Springs. The burn is called the McKinney Fire.

The fire is burning on Santa Fe National Forest land. Officials say the fire was sparked by lightning and was first reported on Sunday, August 20. As of Monday, August 21, the U.S. Forest Service says the fire is about 40 to 50 acres.

Crews have responded with fire engines and air drops. Ground crews have also worked to suppress the flames.

McKinney Fire

  • Start Date: August 20, 2023
  • Location:  Santa Fe National Forest, about nine miles north of Jemez Springs
  • Suppression: Full suppression response
  • Size: 40-50 acres
  • Structures Threatened: None
  • Structures Burned: None
  • Evacuations: None
  • Cause: Lightning

The Seven Springs Kids’ Pond at the Seven Springs Hatchery is closed due to the fire. It’s about four miles north of Fenton Lake State Park. Along with the pond, surrounding roads are closed, and only fire crews are allowed to use them. New Mexico Dept. of Game and Fish officials are creating plans to relocate the fish at the hatchery if needed.