Rincon Fire burns in the Pecos Wilderness in Santa Fe National Forest

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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. At this time, structures are not threatened. Officials say that air and ground resources are responding to the area.

  • 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: 0%
  • Size: 200 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: 10-person crew, a Type 3 helicopter and a Type 2 helicopter, 1 Type 2 incident management team
  • 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

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