Lincoln National Forest – Haynes Fire – 8/9/16 9:15 pm Fire Update

Haynes Fire

8/9/16  9:15 pm FIRE UPDATE:  No change to report on the Haynes Fire.  Next update will be provided Wednesday (8/10/16).

INITIAL FIRE UPDATE: 8/9/16  3:45 pm

Jurisdiction: Lincoln National Forest, Sacramento Ranger District

Date/Time Detected: 8/9/16  9:18 am

Location: Approximately 2 miles southwest of Cloudcroft, NM, on the west side of Sunspot Highway.

Lat/Long: 32 deg, 55 min, 40.3 sec X 105 deg, 45 min, 55.45 sec

Legal Description: T16S, R11E, Sec 12

Firefighting Resources: One Forest Service engine responded (5 firefighters).

Values at Risk: None

Hazards: Snags, rugged terrain

Size: less than 0.1 acre

Containment: 0%

Cause: Lightning

Status: This fire was reported around mid-morning on Tuesday (8/9/16). Forest Service firefighters responded to the fire, which they discovered to be a single tree that had been struck by lightning.  The fire spread to less than 0.1 acre through grass and duff in ponderosa pine understory.  Firefighters secured the perimeter and then retreated from the scene due to approaching rain showers that were accompanied by lightning. They will return to the scene to re-assess the conditions when it is safe to do so.

Regarding smoke, in the event of a prescribed fire or wildfire: If visibility becomes lower because of smoke, please visit the NM Department of Health’s smoke page:  https://nmtracking.org/fire

The next update will be provided as additional information becomes available.

PIO: Loretta Benavidez, llbenavidez@fs.fed.us  575-430-5546

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