Golden Fire: Evacuation orders lifted, fire 80 percent contained

Golden Fire in Santa Fe County (Photo: Andrew Sanford | KRQE)
Golden Fire in Santa Fe County (Photo: Andrew Sanford | KRQE)

SANTA FE COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – The evacuation of more than 150 homes in the East Mountains has been lifted.

Officials have determined the Golden Fire was human caused.

Firefighters say it started at a shooting range in the area, and headed toward homes near State Road 344, just north of Cedar Crest.

Crews did everything they could to stop it, and it worked.

The fire is 80-percent contained and it did not reach any homes. It only took firefighters about four hours to get it under control.

Evacuated families reported to Edgewood Elementary, where Edgewood residents quickly started to donate food and water, just in case.

However, around 8:30 p.m. evacuees were told it was safe to go home.

Santa Fe County said about 150 firefighters battled the blaze. Two tankers quickly formed the fire lines, and one helicopter attacked the flames from the sky.

There happened to be a 20 man hot shot crew from California, Mad River Hotshots, in Albuquerque for vehicle maintenance when the fire broke out. The crew headed to the East Mountains to help fight the blaze just after 4 p.m.

Dozens of families evacuated their homes Wednesday afternoon, including Tim Murphy who recently moved to the area.

He said he has never experienced anything like this.

“It was, oh my God. I had that test in my head: In a fire what kind of things are you going to pull out first? So it was my wife, my dogs and one of my four cats. It was unwanted excitement,” Murphy said.

The fire was attacked so quickly, it only grew to around five acres.

KRQE News 13 has also confirmed that one firefighter was hurt Wednesday but officials are not saying how.

He was taken to UNM Hospital.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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