43.9 mi
ENE of Espanola, NM
Fire Status:
Last Updated:
14 mins, 7 secs ago
Incident #:
Fire Start:
Saturday, October 17, 2020 8:11 PM MDT
Dispatch Notes:
Final suppression rehab
Primary Fire Agency

US Forest Service — Carson National Forest

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview Updated: 9 months ago

Incident Photo for the Luna Fire

The Luna Fire started on Oct. 17, 2020, approximately two miles north of Chacon, NM. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. Fuels are primarily mixed conifer tapering to ponderosa pine at lower elevations and light grass in open areas. Fire behavior has ranged from moderate to extreme, driven by terrain and winds. Firefighters are continuing fire suppression efforts to protect values at risk and strengthen containment lines.

Without the traditional monsoon season, fuel moistures are very low for this time of year and other fire indices are unseasonably high. Due to the complexity of the Luna Fire and values at risk, the Carson National Forest and New Mexico State Forestry Division ordered additional resources.

On Oct. 31, Carson National Forest Incident Commander assumed command of the fire from the California Incident Management Team 5, led by Incident Commander Rick Young. If any activity changes, the Carson National Forest will provide information on Inciweb, the Carson National Forest social media accounts and New Mexico Fire Information.   

Basic Information

Incident Type:
Date of Origin:
Saturday, October 17, 2020 12:00 AM MDT
Approximately 2 miles north of the community of Chacon, NM.
36.264, -105.34

Current Situation

Total Personnel:
Size (Acres):
Estimated Containment Date:
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 12:00 AM MST
Fuels Involved:
The fire is burning in a mixed conifer stand with little to no grass understory. The litter component is light mixed with light slash. A substantial amount of the fuel component in the timber stand is the 1000 hour fuels. These fuels will react very slowly to precipitation. Although precipitation is in the forecast, a long term wetting rain will be required to mitigate the record fuel dryness and return the ERCs to normal levels.
Significant Events:
Minimal, Smoldering

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions:
Patrol and monitor existing containment lines as weather conditions allow.
Projected Incident Activity:
Fire will remain within the current perimeter.

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns:
Mostly sunny with temperatures increasing throughout the day. A warming and drying trend is expected to continue through the week.

Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Public Information Line
Phone: 575-999-5548
Fire Unit Information
Carson National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
208 Cruz Alta Road
Taos, NM 87571

Dispatch Contact

Taos Interagency Dispatch Center | Taos, NM