USDA Forest Service
Carson National Forest firefighters responded to a lightning-caused fire on the Jicarilla Ranger District [Saturday afternoon]. The approximately 400-acre American Mesa Fire is located off Forest Road 310E, about 16 miles southwest of Dulce, N.M.
Firefighters, with the assistance of air resources, took suppression actions to limit the fire’s growth and protect nearby natural gas infrastructure. Incident command staff are ordering more resources and coordinating with local agencies.
Smoke was first called in around 1:30 p.m. and the fire rapidly grew from there. It burned with high intensity in predominantly piñon-juniper habitat and is expected to grow over the coming days. Weather continues to be hot and dry, with elevated to critical fire weather concerns on Monday.