TAOS, N.M. (KRQE) – The U.S. Forest Service reports that a fire started in the Camino Real Ranger District of the Carson National Forest on Saturday, Oct. 17. The Luna Fire is currently burning at an elevation of 11,000 feet to 9,000 feet.
- Start Date: Oct. 17, 2020
- Location: 2 miles north and northeast of Chacon on the Camino Real Ranger District of Carson National Forest
- Containment: 27%
- Size: Approximately 10,142 acres
- Structures Threatened: 400
- Structures Burned: No
- Evacuations: Voluntary Evacuation Notice in Luna Canyon has been lifted
- Cause: Under investigation
- Total Personnel: 164 personnel
- Area Vegetation: Mixed spruce, ponderosa pine
- Ownership(s): Federal and private
The U.S. Forest Service reports that as of Tuesday, Oct. 27, all road closures and roadblocks have been lifted on County and State Roads. The Voluntary Evacuation for Luna Canyon has also been lifted.
There is a temporary closure prohibiting the public from entering the area around the Luna Fire including all National Forest System Lands, roads, and trails around the fire. The closure includes access for hunting.
Smoke from the fire is not expected to impact surrounding communities. Forest officials report that following the winter storm Monday night, the fire will continue to smolder under a blanket of snow but isn’t expected to increase in size.
In about three to five days, after the weather changes, officials from the Carson National Forest and New Mexico State Forestry will reexamine fire conditions and will decide how to re-engage firefighters to contain this fire.