Below is data about the Timberon Fire provided by the incident’s information team.
FIRE UPDATE 7/14/2016 9:00 PM
Jurisdiction: New Mexico State Forestry (the fire is burning on private land)
Date/Time Detected: 7/13/2016
Location: Timberon, Otero County, New Mexico– 31 miles SW of Cloudcroft
Personnel Assigned: 160. Resources include: engines, bulldozers, hand crews, and overhead staff.
Firefighting Resources: New Mexico State Forestry, Otero County, and US Forest Service
Values at Risk: The Timberon community and infrastructure remain at risk.
Size: 290 acres
Cause: Still under investigation
Closures and Evacuations: A designated “No Entry” area surrounds Timberon and the fire site. Evacuations are in place for the Timberon community. There is a Red Cross shelter for evacuees at Cloudcroft High School in Cloudcroft, 30 miles north of the fire.
Structures Damaged: Approx. 60 structures have been damaged or lost, including both homes and outbuildings. one Timberon VFD fire engine was also damaged. No injuries have been reported.
Status: A fire line consisting primarily of hand line and bulldozer line has been established around the perimeter of the fire area and is holding well. Crews continue to strengthen this fire line in an effort to establish containment of the fire. There is still active fire within the perimeter as well as spot fires.
The Pecos Zone Type III Incident Management Team (Barta, IC) will assume management of the fire tonight.
Today Governor Susana Martinez arrived by helicopter to conduct a press conference and take a tour of the fire area.
Regarding smoke: if visibility is reduced or impaired, please visit the NM Department of Health’s smoke page: https://nmtracking.org/fire