Three possible new fires ignited

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Firefighters responded to a fire north of the Valles Caldera

By Special to the Monitor

Firefighters are responding to three possible new wildfires on the Santa Fe National Forest.

The estimated 5-acre, Red Fern wildfire is located five miles east of the Rio Las Vacas Campground, off of F.R. 264 on the Cuba Ranger District. The fire is threatening one cabin and smoke is visible from Highway 126 and surrounding areas. The cause of the Red Fern wildfire is under investigation.

Two engines and other firefighters, including two Type 1 hotshot crews are on scene, actively suppressing the fire. Two helicopters are working the fire, extracting water from nearby lakes.

One  lead plane and two air tankers are being ordered. Officers from New Mexico State Police are controlling traffic on Highway 126 at F.R. 264.

Firefighters are also responding to another fire on the Española Ranger District, located north of the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

The South Fork, is estimated at 3-5 acres. Smoke is reported as dark grey and very visible. Resources are en route.  

The third wildfire was just reported on the northwest side of the forest on the Coyote Ranger District. Resources are also en route.  

Early this morning, firefighters also contained another human caused fire on the Jemez Ranger District located near Battleship Rock.

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