Incident Name: Luna Fire
Start Date & Time: October 17, 2020, 2000
Start Location: Chacon, NM
Latitude: 36, 15' 51" N
Longitude: -105, 20' 22 ' W
Cause of Fire: Under investigation
Area Vegetation: Mixed spruce, ponderosa pine
Estimated Acres Burned: 9,000
Ownership(s): Federal and private
Structures Threatened: Yes
Structures Burned: NO
Evacuations: Yes. Voluntary only at this time
The Luna Fire, located two miles northeast of Chacon on the Camino Real Ranger District, Carson National Forest is now estimated at 9,000 acres and 0% contained. The fire continues to exhibit active fire behavior as it moves west toward Cerro Vista Peak. There are no evacuation orders in place, but some residents in the Luna Canyon area have left voluntarily. Values at risk include the community of Chacon, private lands, forest service campgrounds, natural and cultural resources, and area watersheds. Approximately 90 personnel are working to safely evaluate and secure containment lines. Additional resources are en route.
Smoke will continue to impact the surrounding area. Individuals who are sensitive to wildfire smoke should take precautions and use the New Mexico Department of Health 5-3-1 Visibility Method to determine if it's safe to be outside. Learn more at https://nmtracking.org/environment/air/FireAndSmoke.html. Constituents may contact Carson National Forest Public Affairs Officer MaryAnna Clemons at MaryAnna.Clemons@usda.gov or Debbie Cress at firstname.lastname@example.org for information. Details will also be posted to the New Mexico Fire Information website at https://nmfireinfo.com/.