Lincoln National Forest – Fox Fire – 8/9/16 9:15 pm FINAL UPDATE

8/9/16 – 9:15 pm Fire Update – the Fox Fire was contained and controlled on 8/7/16 at 9:53 am.  There was no additional growth reported.  This is the FINAL UPDATE for the Fox Fire.

New Fire Start – Fox Fire

INITIAL FIRE UPDATE: 8/6/16  10:30 am

Jurisdiction: Lincoln National Forest, Guadalupe Ranger District

Date/Time Detected: 8/5/16 1:47 pm

Location: Approximately 9 miles southwest of Queen, NM.

Lat/Long: 32 deg, 4 min, 55.56 sec X 104 deg, 48 min, 18.36 sec

Legal Description: T25S, R21E, Sec 33

Firefighting Resources:  This fire is currently in monitor status.  There are no firefighting resources on scene at this time, however they will be monitoring the fire on a regular basis.

Values at Risk: None

Hazards: Snags

Size: One-tenth of an acre

Containment: 0%

Cause: Lightning

Status: This fire was reported yesterday afternoon. Forest Service firefighters responded to the fire, which was burning in grass, brush and pinon juniper with flame lengths up to 3 inches.  The lightning-caused fire has a low spread potential (0-5 acres) and is currently in monitor status. Firefighters will be checking on the fire regularly. It is in an area that contains a number of snags which pose a hazard to firefighters.  Given the current weather and fuel conditions, the fire will likely exhibit minimal fire activity and limited spread.  It is expected to burn at very low intensity due to increased RH (relative humidity) and the continued possibility for rain showers.  With a monitoring strategy in place at this time, firefighters will maintain regular site visits to ensure that the current strategy is the most appropriate way of managing the fire, should conditions change, a different strategy which could include managing the fire for resource benefits and/or suppression or a combination of both may be implemented.

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:

This post will be updated as additional information becomes available.

PIO: Loretta Benavidez,  575-430-5546

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