Fire Season Upon Us

The El Cajete Fire started Thursday. Photos by George Morse

Fire Season Upon Us

Staff Report

An unusually wet and cooler spring has given way to temperatures in the 90’s, and with the warmer temperature, wildfires have started to threaten our region.

Two fires are currently burning in our region.

The El Cajete Fire was reported at 10:47 Thursday (6/15) and had grown to 652 acres by 7 p.m. The Fire forced the evacuation of Ruby Hole, Sierra de los Pinos and the Valles Caldera. State High way 4 was closed between La Cueva and the intersection of State Road 501. The cause of the fire is unknown and it is 0 percent contained. Several fire engines, crews and air tankers are already engaging this fire, just a few hours after it was reported.

The Bonita Fire north of Ojo Caliente grew to 1,800 acres Thursday (6/15). The lightening-caused blaze started June 3 and is currently 15 percent contained. Smoke from the fire filled the Rio Grande Valley and Espanola residents awoke to smoky skies this morning that obscured the mountains. An air quality alert has been issued

Let’s hope that the monsoon season starts soon.