Lincoln National Forest – Rice Fire is 100% Contained – FINAL Fire Update 6/15/17 1:30 pm

Rice Fire

FINAL Fire Update – 06/15/17 – 1:30 pm – Firefighters were successful in containing the Rice Fire at a final size of 1/4 acre.  One engine and 4 firefighters remain assigned to this incident. They will complete mop-up operations within the next day or two. 

THIS IS THE FINAL UPDATE FOR THE RICE FIRE, UNLESS THERE IS A SIGNIFICANT CHANGE TO REPORT.

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

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

Previous Updates:

Fire Update – 06/14/17 – 5:00 am – Firefighters were successful in holding the Rice Fire at 1/4 acre and have completed 75% containment of the fire.  They’re working on full containment and mopping up interior pockets of heavy dead and down fuel (logs and stumps).  One engine and 4 firefighters remain assigned to this incident.

Fire Update – 06/13/17  1:15 pm – One engine and 4 firefighters remain assigned to the Rice Fire.  They were able to construct a fireline around most of the fire last night and it (fireline) held through the night.  Today, they are continuing to work on containment of the fire.

INITIAL FIRE UPDATE: 06/12/17  6:00 pm

Jurisdiction: Lincoln National Forest, Sacramento Ranger District

Date/Time Detected: 06/12/17  4:04 pm

Location: Approximately 3 miles northeast of Sunspot, just off of NM Highway 6563 (Sunspot Highway)

Lat/Long: 32 deg, 49 min, 21.79 sec X 105 deg, 48 min, 0.01 sec

Legal Description: T17S, R11E, SWSW Sec 14

Firefighting Resources: One engine with 4 firefighters.

Values at Risk: None

Hazards: Hazard Trees/Snags

Fuels: Mixed conifer

Size: ¼ acre

Containment: 0%

Cause: Lightning

Status: One engine with 4 firefighters responded to the Rice Fire shortly after it was reported.  Fire personnel are currently working on containing the fire.  The fire behavior is described as minimal and creeping with 1 – 2 inch flame lengths.

 

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