Firefighters control field fire, burning cottonwood in Ranchos


Taos Volunteer Firefighters put out a one-acre field fire and controlled a flaming cottonwood tree at a property below Rim Road in Ranchos de Taos Wednesday afternoon (March 7).

The fire was reported around noon. Taos Central Dispatch described it as a controlled burn that had spread across a field.

By the time first responders had arrived, the fire covered at least one-acre, according to radio reports.

Firefighters managed to reduce the fire to smoking hot spots within less than an hour. A large cottonwood tree at the north end of the property continued to burn, however, with flames running from its base up the length of its trunk.

Several tankers were brought in to provide support to control the burning tree and put out hot spots around 12:45 p.m.

Firefighters continued to douse the tree with water and had the fire under control by around 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

A firefighter on the scene said that a local resident had been burning ditch debris on the property when the fire grew beyond his control.

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