PECOS, N.M. (KRQE) – The Santa Fe National Forest reports that the Rincon Fire started in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the Pecos/Las Vegas District of the Pecos Wilderness on Friday, June 11, 2021, around noon.

  • Start Date: June 11, 2021
  • Location: Pecos Wilderness, Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest, approximately 2 miles east of Hamilton Mesa and 6 air miles northwest of the village of Upper Rociada.
  • Containment: 100%
  • Size: 533 acres
  • Structures at Risk: The Pecos Wilderness resource itself and two government-owned cabins, including the historic Beatty’s Cabin.
  • Structures Burned:  N/A
  • Evacuations: N/A
  • Cause: Unknown
  • Total Personnel: 148
  • Area Vegetation: Spruce/fir at 11,000 feet elevation. Significant insect infestation has killed a lot of trees in the area, which is likely to raise the intensity of the fire and generate significant smoke.
  • Ownership(s): N/A

Fire officials issued a closure order for the Santa Fe National Forest to protect public health. The order will be in effect from 6 a.m. Wednesday, June 16, through Dec. 31, 2021, unless rescinded earlier. The Forest Service says the closure order prohibits members of the public from entering the restricted area, including all Forest Service lands, roads and trails, on the eastern side of the Pecos Wilderness within an area roughly defined by Jacks Creek Trail #257 and Beatty’s Trail #25 on the west to Skyline Trail #251 on the north to the Pecos Wilderness boundary on the east to Lone Pine Mesa Trail # 214, El Porvenir Trail #247 and Skyline Trail #251 on the south, then heading north to Iron Gate Trailhead and Jacks Creek Trailhead.

Officials say firefighters are continuing to fly over the fire area to search for any remaining signs of smoke or heat, weather permitting. No new fires started on Friday, even though eight lightning strikes were recorded.

June 21 Fire Map Update Courtesy of Southwest Area Incident Management team