FIRE UPDATE – Valles Caldera Fire Burns 100 Acres

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A large tanker drops a load of slurry on the lightning-caused fire late Thursday afternoon that has burned more than 100 acres in the Valles Caldera backcounty. Updates on this fire will be published as they become available ... check back for more photos from the scene. Photo by John McHale/

Fire Update: Valles Caldera Fire Burns 100 Acres

JEMEZ SPRINGS — The fire that began earlier Thursday afternoon on Valles Caldera National Preserve being called the San Antonio Fire is lightning-caused and as of Thurday evening had burned more than 100 acres in the northwest corner of the preserve.

Fire crews are working on the ground and in the air to suppress the fire burning in ponderosa pine and douglas fir stands.

​A small helicopter helps direct the air drops by the tanker and checks results of the drop. Photo by John McHale/

Resources on scene and en route include multiple engines, one hot shot crew, air tac, helicopter, and two air tankers. A Type 3 fire team has been ordered and will assume command Friday morning. National Park Service officials are working with the neighboring Santa Fe National Forest to ensure all resources are available to support fire suppression efforts.

“We are fortunate this area of the preserve and adjoining Santa Fe National Forest are under closure orders, which has minimized the threat to human life and safety,” Park Superintendent Jorge Silva-Bañuelos said. “We will continue working with our partners to control this fire as soon and as safely as possible.”

​The lightning-caused fire that started this afternoon in the Valles Caldera backcountry has burned more than 100 acres. Photo by John McHale/