Officials: Monitored Amole fire south of Taos will help forest, wildlife

Posted 9/10/19

Low-intensity firing operations continued yesterday on the eastern side of Highway 518, increasing the fire size to 335 acres. Hand and aerial ignitions successfully consumed hazardous fuels to …

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Officials: Monitored Amole fire south of Taos will help forest, wildlife


Firefighters are continuing to monitor and work the Amole fire burning south of Taos off of Forest Road 442. The fire was started by lightning and reported Sept. 2.  Fire managers decided to let the fire burn naturally as long as it stays within a prescribed area, according to information from the Carson National Forest.

Firefighters conducted low-intensity burn operations Monday (Sept. 9) by hand and from the air, which put up a big plume of smoke. The burn will help reduce hazardous forest fuels and improve forest health, say fire officials. "Fire effects will also create a new flush of browse for wildlife in the mountain mahogany and oak component. Firing operations will incrementally continue within the predetermined 2,123-acre focus area to secure the Taos to Peñasco powerline and State Road 518 corridor," according to a press release issued Tuesday (Sept. 10).

About 137 fire personnel are working on the fire. 

Prescribed burning was to continue today, depending on  the weather, along the east side of State Road 518. 

"Additional fireline will be constructed on the southeast side of the fire. Winds are predicted once again from the southwest to the northeast," according to fire officials. State Road 518 is open, but motorists traveling the highway between the U.S Hill scenic overlook and the intersection of State Road 518 and State Road 75 (the Rock Wall) could be impacted by smoke. 

The area surrounding the Amole fire is temporarily closed to provide for firefighter and public safety. The Amole Canyon and Tio Maes trail systems within the fire area are closed for now. All other forest trails are open. The closure order and map are available online at


Smoke will become more visible for the next few days and may impact Taos Canyon and the communities of Valle Escondido, Angel Fire, Río Lucio and Dixon. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with heart or respiratory problems are encouraged to take precautionary measures. For information on air quality and your health, please visit For information on the HEPA filter loan program, go to or contact the Carson National Forest Supervisor’s Office at (575) 758-6200.


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