Lincoln National Forest – New Fire Start – Campground Fire (3/16/17)

New Fire Start – Campground Fire

INITIAL FIRE UPDATE: 03/16/17  9:30 pm

Jurisdiction: Lincoln National Forest, Sacramento Ranger District

Date/Time Detected: 03/16/17  6:24 pm

Location: Approximately 2 miles west of Mayhill, NM and just off of Highway 82

Lat/Long: 32 deg, 54 min, 14.4 sec X 105 deg, 30 min, 15.7 sec

Legal Description: T16S, R14E, SWSW Sec 22

Firefighting Resources: 2 Mayhill VFD engines and 2 Forest Service Engines, 1 Law Enforcement Officer.  13 personnel total.

Values at Risk: None

Hazards: None

Fuels:  Ponderosa pine grass understory

Size: ¼ acre

Containment: The fire was 100% contained by 8:00 pm this evening (3/16/17)

Cause: Human-caused.  Under investigation.

Status: Firefighters responded to the Campground Fire shortly after it was reported this evening (3/16/17).  They successfully contained the fire by 8:00 pm.  The ¼-acre fire was determined to be human-caused and is currently under investigation.  Firefighting resources returned to their stations after completely lining (building fire line around the perimeter of the fire) and containing the fire. Forest Service firefighters will return to the scene tomorrow.  The fire was primarily burning and smoldering in grass.

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

This will be the FIRST and LAST update for the Campground Fire, unless there is a significant change to report.

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

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