New Mexico Burning With Excessive Rain

The Washington Post says New Mexico is burning with excessive rain.

Fire-plagued New Mexico faces excessive monsoon rain – The Washington Post

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This week in 1890, there were large fires on both sides of the Rio Grande in Colorado and New Mexico.

“Great Forest Fires in New Mexico.

Santa Fe, June 20. — Within forty miles of this city, high up in the mountains, several extensive forest fires now raging. Two are in the Santa Fe range, one east of Glorieta, and another in the neighborhood of Glorietto, in the Manzana range. 100 miles south. Superb forests of pine are being destroyed. A fire is also raging in the timber on the east slope of the Jemez mountains. Colonel Booth, Special Agent of the Interior Department, today wired the facts to Washington, asking authority to undertake to extinguish the fires.”

21 Jun 1890, Page 6 – San Francisco Chronicle at



They Are Sweeping Colorado Mountains,


No Effort is Being Made to Stay the Progress of the Devastating Cyclone of Fire.

Denver, Colo., June 25.—From telegraphic reports received here to- day it would seem that a great portion of the Sangre de Cristo range in Colorado and New Mexico is in flames,

A special from Espanola, New Mexico, says: The valley is obscured by smoke from the burning mountains east of Espanola. The fire extends over twenty miles up and down the Santa Fe range and makes a beautiful and weird appearance, The fires have been burning for several days now and no attempt is being made to extinguish it. The loss be great.”

Spokane Falls Daily Chronicle – Google News Archive Search

The burn area from the 1890 fires in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains north of Santa Fe are now some of the largest and most spectacular Aspen forests anywhere.

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6 Responses to New Mexico Burning With Excessive Rain

  1. Eli the Pit Bulldog says:

    Bad news (all the rain) for the Biden administration as they ignorantly or purposely started a major forest fire earlier this year. Plan spoiled by an act of God

  2. Conrad Ziefle says:

    Funny, I never heard a native New Mexican call them monsoons. We just said thunderstorms, or rainy season. It’s usually in August and September.

    • Russell Cook says:

      That’s true, I grew up there, in the mountains east of Albuquerque. But the thing is, the place was essentially dry as a bone from what I saw in the ’70s through the early ’90s compared to now. We were always hoping for more summer rain and were disappointed when the big clouds failed to deliver. Now, when I see videos of the east mountain area, or photos, or even from viewing the Google satellite views and Google Streetmobile ground level views showing all the new elm tree growth, I’m jealous of how green the area has become.

  3. Disillusioned says:

    Oh, the ironing. ;-)

  4. Trevor says:

    There is a saying for people like this article author. “He’s not happy unless he is unhappy”.

  5. spren says:

    In 1967 I attended the Philmont Scout Ranch in NE New Mexico. It was a wonderful experience where over a 10 day period in July, we hiked over 70 miles and camped every night in differing places. There were several mountains (Mount Baldy) which were over 12000 feet and at times, even in summer, they would still have snow on them.

    It rained every single day in the afternoon for about an hour. And then everything would quickly dry up for the evening. Back then, we were allowed to have actual campfires with food we gathered from the surrounding forest. When my son went to Philmont in the late 1990s, campfires were no longer permitted and they could only use camp stoves for cooking.

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