New wildfire on BLM-managed lands in San Juan County: 100 acres, zero containment


BLM Farmington Field Office 

Crews from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and San Juan County are on-scene at the Lake Fire on Middle Mesa, northwest of Navajo Lake in San Juan County, N.M. Agency crews responded to the fire on Aug. 5. 

The lightning-strike fire originated on BLM-managed lands and is approximately 100 acres in size as of this report. Vegetation in the area is pinyon-juniper, grass and shrub. The resources available to assist in containment efforts include: 

  • Four BLM type 6 engines and one BLM type 4 engine 
  • One San Juan County type 6 engine 
  • Two fire-use modules 
  • Two single-engine air tankers  
  • One air attack 
  • One very large air tanker  

Structures in the area include powerlines, a home and approximately five oil and gas well pads. 

Smoke Conditions: Smoke is currently visible from Arboles, Pagosa Springs and Highways 64 and 550. 

Currently, the fire is at zero percent containment.  

A red flag warning is in place until 8 p.m. this evening. 

Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. The New Mexico Department of Health Environmental Public Health Tracking website can provide air quality information. Visit for more information.   

The next update to this wildfire will take place today at 6 p.m.