Wildfire Incident Report

Prepared: Saturday, June 15, 2024 6:07:21 PM MDT

Wildfire Incident Report

Fire, Weather & Avalanche Center
La Grande, OR, USA
Incident #
FWAC Incident ID
Incident Name
Comanche Fire
Last Updated
Thursday, December 21, 2023 9:05 AM MST
(6 months ago)
Fire Reported
Thursday, June 8, 2023 6:09 AM MDT
(1 year ago)
New Mexico
Incident Type
29.6 miles NNW of Espanola, NM
Responsible Agency
US Forest Service
Responsible Fire Unit
Carson National Forest
Pond Pine Duff
Contain: 07/24/2023 11:30 | Control: 09/20/2023 12:00 | Out: 09/20/2023 12:00
Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential
Fire Weather Forecast
Incident Overview

The Comanche Fire is a lightning caused wildfire that was first detected Jun. 8, 2023. It is located off Forest Road 137 on the El Rito Ranger District near the communities of El Rito, Abiquiu and Canjilon.

The fire is 100% contained. Carson National Forest crews continue to patrol and monitor the fire before calling it controlled and out.

Fire Management Strategies

With no threat to lives, homes or infrastructure, crews initially moved forward with a confine and contain strategy. This response let crews actively work with the fire as it fulfilled its natural role in a fire-dependent ecosystem, which is a desired condition outlined in the Carson National Forest’s 2022 Land Management Plan.

The confine and containment strategy means using tactical actions to manage the fire within a predetermined area (confine) and then using points to stop the fire’s spread (contain).

Fire managers shifted their strategy to suppression on Jun. 25 as weather conditions became less favorable for the fire to fulfill its ecological role. 100% containment was achieved on Jul. 24.

The Big Picture

The fire is burning within the footprint of the Rio Chama Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project, where the Forest Service and partners are working across boundaries on 3.8 million acres in Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado. A key project goal is to restore natural fire regimes to gain numerous benefits, from improved watershed health to increased habitat quality.

Last Updated
Mon, Aug 7, 2023 11:55 AM UTC
Incident Type
Fire Discovered
Thu, Jun 8, 2023 1:45 PM UTC
10 miles southwest of El Rito, New Mexico, FS 137
Incident Description
36.381666666667, -106.32722222222
1,974 Acres
Estimated Containment Date
Mon, Jul 3, 2023
Fuels Involved

Timber (litter and understory), brush (2 feet).

Significant Events

Minimal, creeping, smoldering

Dispatch Contact
Taos Interagency Dispatch Center | Taos, NM
Phone: 575-758-6208
Incident Map

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