WILDLAND FIRE NEWS
The snow this week has had a dramatic effect on the Luna Fire which has now burned 10,142 acres and us 35 percent contained. The fire was not able to move out of the perimeter of the fire’s edge due to surface fuels moisture levels (i.e. the pine needles and other ground cover are wet and won’t carry fire).
Several days ago, areas of intense heat were identified in the northeast, the southwest and the southeast perimeter of the Luna Fire. These areas may continue to smolder under the snow cover and will continue to be monitored by fire staff for signs of re-ignition. Smoke may be visible in the days ahead. Patrol and monitoring will continue. The fire is not expected to increase in size or re-ignite in current conditions. Once the weather changes in 2-4 days, officials from the Carson National Forest and New Mexico State Forestry will reassess fire conditions and determine how to re-engage firefighters to complete containment lines around the Luna Fire.
Fire Restrictions: Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect on the Carson National Forest, for more information visit www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/carson/alerts-notices.
Road Closures/Evacuation Order: As of yesterday, October 27, 2020, all road closures and roadblocks have been lifted on County and State Roads. The Voluntary Evacuation for Luna Canyon was lifted.
Fire Closures: The Carson National Forest issued a temporary closure (Forest Order 02-484) prohibiting the public from entering the area around the Luna Fire. This closure includes access for hunting. For more information on the fire closure visit www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/carson/alerts-notices. A Temporary Flight Restriction over the fire remains.