FINAL FIRE UPDATE: 5/19/16, 12:30 PM – Although the fire did receive some precipitation, firefighters remain assigned to the incident and are continuing to mop-up the fire.
This will be the FINAL FIRE UPDATE for the Test Fire, unless there is a significant change to report.
FIRE UPDATE: 5/18/16, 10:00 AM – The Test Fire is unstaffed at this time, however, firefighters will be enroute back to the fire later today. They will assess current conditions, following yesterday’s storm and continue with suppression efforts if there was not sufficient precipitation to extinguish the hot spots.
The next update will be posted after the resources have arrived back on scene and are able to provide field intel to dispatch.
FIRE UPDATE: 5/17/16, 9:15 PM – At 100% containment, firefighters continued to make progress with full suppression efforts today. They have been able to limit the fire’s growth and it remains at 17 acres.
A storm moved over the area and winds picked up this afternoon. Firefighters’ first and foremost goal is firefighter and public safety. They are trained to keenly observe their surroundings at all times, including any changes in weather. At first sign that conditions were changing this afternoon, with the potential of increased winds, rainshowers and possible lightning, they followed their training protocols and retreated to a safe location.
As the storm moved over the fire area, rain accompanied the event. The wetting rain assisted with the task of continuing to work on areas of smoldering fuels within the perimeter. Firefighting personnel will return in the morning to assess the status of the fire and continue the work that remains to fully suppress the Test Fire.
Personnel will remain assigned to the fire until they are released or reassigned to another incident.
The next update will be posted tomorrow (5/18/16) mid-morning.
FIRE UPDATE: 5/17/16, 12:30 PM – The fire is now 100% contained. Firefighters are continuing with full suppression, including mopping up hot spots that are smoldering inside of the perimeter. Suppression operations are going well. Firefighters will remain on scene and assigned to the fire until released or reassigned.
Next update will be provided this evening, unless there is something significant to report before then.
FIRE UPDATE: 5/16/16, 9:30 PM – the fire has been GPS’d and the size is estimated at 17 acres. Firefighters have made good progress – constructing line along 30% of the perimeter. As nighttime temperatures dropped, the fire behavior lessened considerably. Line construction and mop-up will continue for the next few hours. Firefighters will remain on scene and assigned to the fire until released or reassigned.
FIRE UPDATE: 5/16/16, 6:50 PM
Jurisdiction: Lincoln National Forest, Sacramento Ranger District
Date/Time Detected: 5/16/16 3:38 pm
Location: Approximately 3 miles northwest of Mayhill, NM
Lat/Long: 32 deg, 57 min, 29.67 sec X 105 deg, 29 min, 24.71 min
Legal Description: T16S, R14E, Sec 3
Firefighting Resources: 36 personnel are assigned to the Test Fire.
Values at Risk: Ranching improvements
Size: Estimated size at this time is 17 acres
Status: The fire is primarily burning in Pinon Juniper and Mixed Conifer at an elevation of 7,550 ft. Fire behavior is described as “creeping” with 2-3’ flame lengths. Originally, the fire was estimated at 10 acres in size with moderate spread potential.
A light brown plume of smoke is visible. If visibility becomes lower because of smoke, please visit the NM Department of Health’s smoke page: https://nmtracking.org/fire
Public Information Officer, Loretta Benavidez, 575-430-5546, firstname.lastname@example.org