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: 70%
  • Size: Approximately 10,142 acres
  • Structures Threatened: None
  • Structures Burned:  None
  • Evacuations: Voluntary Evacuation Notice in Luna Canyon has been lifted
  • Cause: Under investigation
  • Total Personnel: 34 personnel
  • Area Vegetation: Mixed spruce, ponderosa pine
  • Ownership(s):  Federal and private

According to the U.S. Forest Service, crews have been repairing areas impacted by the fire. Crews also continue to assess containment lines and address interior hot spots.

The closure order has been amended for the fire perimeter in order to prevent public entry. Suppression efforts are focused on Luna Canyon, Lujan Canyon, Bull Canyon, and on the north and east edges of the fire perimeter where snow provided containment. Both the Carson National Forest and New Mexico Forestry Division will continue to work together on firefighting efforts.

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.