CAPITAN, N.M. (KRQE) – The Dark Canyon Fire began on the Smokey Bear Ranger District on August 4. The fire was reportedly caused by lightning.
- Start Date: August 4, 2020 | Final Update, August 21, 2020
- Location: 9 miles northwest of Capitan, NM near Dark Canyon
- Containment: 48%
- Size: 3,070 acres
- Structures threatened: Private land
- Structures burned: None
- Evacuations: No
- Cause: Lightning
- Personnel: 7
- Vegetation: Grass, piñon-juniper, ponderosa pine, dead and down forest debris
Fire officials report that the perimeter of the Dark Canyon Fire did not increase and is still holding along Road 84, Road 9743, the Forest Service boundary to the north, Road 9745, and the base of Tucson Mountain to the south. They also say crews will focus their efforts to the south side of the fire near Carizo Cone where the fire is backing down the steeper terrain but has not made any significant runs in many days.