Rio Fire burning 40 acres in Abiquiu; 100% contained


NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – The Rio Fire broke out in the Rio Chama bosque off of U.S. Highway 84 in Abiquiu around 2 p.m. on Saturday. The fire was first reported with an estimated size between 7-10 acres and burning on both sides of the river.

  • Start Date: April 10, 2021
  • Location: US Highway 84, Abiquiu, NM, Rio Arriba County
  • Containment: 100%
  • Size: 40 acres
  • Structures Threatened: No
  • Structures Burned: 0
  • Evacuations: None
  • Cause: Ditch burning
  • Total Personnel: n/a
  • Area Vegetation: Bosque, grass
  • Ownership(s): Private

On Monday, fire crews will continue to mop up and secure the perimeter of the fire. The fire burned on both sides of the Rio Chama River. Fire officials say smoke may continue to be seen in the area.

What can you do to stay healthy if it gets too smoky?

  • Get prepared for the wildfire smoke season as you would do in any other summer.
  • Use the 5-3-1 Visibility Method, to assess air quality conditions in your area.
  • If you have a chronic health condition, work with your healthcare providers to create a management plan for smoky conditions. If you use rescue medications, make sure that you always have an ample supply at home and carry them with you during the wildfire season.
  • Limit outdoor exercise when it is smoky outside or choose lower-intensity activities.
  • Use adequate filtration on your HVAC system or consider purchasing a portable air filter. Swamp coolers that draw in air from the outside are NOT recommended.
  • Whenever possible, use air conditioners, heat pumps, fans, and window shades to keep your cleaner air space comfortably cool on hot days. Overheating can cause serious health problems.

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