SAN JUAN COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – A new wildfire is burning in San Juan County, eight miles north of Navajo Dam, near mile-marker 20. The West Fork Fire started on Monday, August 7, from a lightning strike. Fire crews are using a “full suppression strategy” on the fire.

West Fork Fire

  • Start Date: Monday, August 7, 2023
  • Location: San Juan County, eight miles north of Navajo Dam
  • Containment: 0%
  • Size: 45 acres
  • Structures Threatened: Oil and gas well pads. Residences two miles south of the fire.
  • Structures Burned: None
  • Evacuations: No
  • Cause: Lightning strike
  • Total Personnel: Four Type 6 engines, one Type 4 engine, one fire use module, one Type 2 hand crew
  • Area Vegetation: Juniper, grass, and brush
  • Ownership(s): NA

Smoke may be visible from Arboles, Pagosa Springs, and Highways 64 and 550. Those sensitive to respiratory issues should take precautions and check the air quality using this link.