Fire managers on the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are concerned about a rash of fires that posed a potential threat to homes in the wildland urban interface (WUI). The cause of the fires is under investigation.
Since Oct. 31, firefighters have responded to three fires on the Coyote District:
- The 96 Fire near NM State Road 96, which occurred in a pile of woody debris from previous fuels reduction work
- The 76 Fire off of Forest Road 76, which directly threatened homes on the east side of Gallina
- The Wood Fire off of Forest Road 103, which with the prevailing winds was directly aligned with the community of Mesa Poleo
Fire managers said these fire starts are outside the normal fire season. Early detection and timely response by Coyote District fire personnel kept all three fires small, but dry conditions and low fuel moistures could have led to a much bigger problem. As more homes are built in the WUI adjacent to public lands that are naturally prone to wildfire, the risk to property is high.
The Coyote Ranger District asks the public to report smoke immediately by calling 911.
For more information, contact the Coyote Ranger Station at 575-638-5526.