Lincoln National Forest – Seven Cabins Fire Updates on INCIWEB

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Seven Cabins Fire

Seven Cabins Fire

 Seven Cabins Fire Update – 2/28/17  12:30 pm:  Firefighters are continuing suppression efforts, however windy conditions are still contributing to additional fire growth.  The Seven Cabins fire is now estimated to be 630 acres, with 40% of the fire perimeter contained.  Additional firefighting resources have been requested. Currently, 46 firefighters are assigned to the fire.

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:

The next update will be provided this evening  (2/28/17).

PIO: Loretta Benavidez,  575-430-5546

Seven Cabins Fire Update – 2/27/17  8:00 pm:  Firefighters continued suppression efforts today as high wind gusts materialized this afternoon, resulting in one spot fire that ignited a small fire in a patch of grass outside of the fireline.  The spot fire grew to about 15 acres, however, firefighters were able construct a fireline around it quickly to keep it from spreading further.  Today’s acreage (estimate) is 430 acres.  Additional firefighting resources, which included 2 – 10 person hand crews arrived on scene today.  There are now 45 firefighters assigned to the Seven Cabins fire.

Seven Cabins Fire Update – 2/27/17  10:30 am:  There was additional growth reported on the fire last night and it is now estimated to be about 400 – 440 acres. The perimeter is being GPS’d and the acreage will be accurately reported once that information is received (most likely this afternoon). Although the fire area received some light snow flurries during the night, the heavy slash combined with wind and rugged terrain contributed to the fire growth. A dozer line has been constructed around the fire and additional hand crews will arrive today.  The firefighters will focus on reinforcing the hand line and increasing the containment, which is currently 30%.

INITIAL FIRE UPDATE: 02/26/17  7:30 pm

Jurisdiction: Lincoln National Forest, Smokey Bear Ranger District

Date/Time Detected: 2/26/17  8:59 am

Location: Approximately 8 miles northwest of Arabela, NM, north of the Capitan Mountains Wilderness Area

Lat/Long: 33 deg, 39 min, 10.84 sec X 105 deg, 17 min, 21.12 sec

Legal Description: T7S, R17E, SWSW Sec 32

Firefighting Resources: 3 Forest Service Engines, 1 BLM Engine, 1 BLM Water Tender.  About 20 firefighting personnel (total).

Values at Risk: Houses in the surrounding area.  No threat to houses at this time.

Hazards: Snags, rugged terrain

Fuels: Juniper, grass and heavy slash

Size: 50 – 100 acres as of 2/26/17  7:30 pm

Containment: 15%

Cause: Unknown at this time.  Under investigation.

Status: The Seven Cabins fire was reported Sunday morning (2/26/17).   Forest Service firefighters arrived on scene around 10:30 am and determined the fire to be 5-7 acres.  The fire is burning in very rough, rugged terrain – through dense slash, juniper and grass.  Winds gusting to 20 mph resulted in additional fire growth (now estimated at 50 – 100 acres).  The Incident Commander ordered additional firefighting resources to assist with the suppression efforts.  Several interagency engines from within zone (Pecos Zone) responded today and three crews are expected to arrive tomorrow (2/27/17).


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