Emergency services respond to Ranchos brush fire


Marking an early start to fire season, the Taos Volunteer Fire Department responded to a brush fire that burned “dangerously close” to a Ranchos de Taos residence Saturday afternoon (March 18).

According to initial reports from Taos Central Dispatch, the fire began in the backyard of a residence located in the 100 block of State Road 240 shortly before 3 p.m.

Members of the fire department, Taos County Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Medical Services arrived on the scene around 3 p.m. and evacuated a family from the residence.

Fire department personnel then positioned a fire truck adjacent to the backyard and began dousing the low blaze.

Smoke could be seen hanging along the south side of the roadway, where other emergency vehicles, including fire trucks, law enforcement vehicles and an ambulance, stood on standby.

Taos Central Dispatch advised the fire was under control as of 3:45 p.m. and called medical personnel away from the scene.

No injuries or damages were reported.

The cause of the fire was unknown as of press time – though the warmer, drier weather in recent weeks may have been a contributing factor.