NM Fire Info

Lincoln National Forest – MONUMENT Fire updates are now being posted on INCIWEB

ATTN:  Monument Fire updates are now being posted on INCIWEB  https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5207

INCIWEB will be used exclusively for all subsequent MONUMENT FIRE updates. 

Wildfire Update:  6/4/17  11:00 am –  The Monument Fire is currently being managed under a monitor/confine/point protection strategy. Current size is 1 acre. Firefighting resources assigned include:  4 FS engines, 1 dozer and overhead (approximately 17 personnel).

Vicinity Map of MONUMENT FIRE:  MonumentFireVicinity_06032017_1100hrs

Firefighters are preparing road ways and clearing vegetation for hazard reduction adjacent to identified areas at risk. They are also monitoring the fire spread and working to protect values at risk.

Wildfire last burned in this area during the Circle Cross fire in the 1950’s. The natural fire frequency of that landscape is in need of fire treatment. Reintroduction of natural fire in the area can provide positive benefits to the landscape.

Efforts will be made to encourage low intensity surface fire to:

Fuels: As the fire burns near the ridgeline atop the mountain range, through this 50+ year-old fire scar, it is currently burning in an area with minimal timber stands, although some Mixed Conifer and decadent Aspen stands are lightly scattered within the area.  Brush and shrubs including Gambel Oak primarily exist on the side slope of the mountain.

Fire Behavior: The fire is mostly terrain driven and is currently creeping and smoldering. With recent rain, fuel moistures are high, keeping fire activity minimal. Most of the fire spread is occurring during the afternoon sunshine.  Smoke may be visible from Sacramento, Weed and Timberon over the next few days. Smoke may settle into lower elevations at night.

Values at Risk: Grazing allotments and private land are in the vicinity of the wildfire area. Mexican Spotted Owl and Goshawk habitat are also present on the fringes of the area. Firefighters will focus on constructing indirect firelines to keep the fire from affecting these sites.

Closures:

A Closure Order is currently in place for the Monument Fire area.

Click on this link to view Closure Order and Map:  Monument Fire Closure Order

Firefighter and public safety is always the priority in managing all wildland fires.

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

OLDER UPDATES:

Wildfire Update:  6/3/17  11:45 am – The Monument Fire is currently being managed under a monitor/confine/point protection strategy.  The fire is in a location that would be positively affected from having a naturally-caused fire move across the landscape as a natural disturbance in this fire-adapted ecosystem.  One FS engine is assigned to the incident at this time.

INITIAL FIRE UPDATE: 06/02/17  9:00 pm

Jurisdiction: Lincoln National Forest, Sacramento Ranger District

Date/Time Detected: 06/02/17   5:41 pm

Location: Approximately 12 miles southwest of Weed, NM in the vicinity of Monument Canyon in the Sacramento Mountains

Lat/Long: 32 deg, 41 min, 33.83 sec X 105 deg, 39 min, 48.24 sec

Legal Description: T18S, R12E, SESE Sec 36

Elevation: 8521 ft.

Firefighting Resources: FS firefighters and FS engine

Values at Risk: None identified (at time of initial assessment on 6/2/17  7:30 pm)

Hazards: Snags

Fuels: Mixed Conifer

Size: 1/2 acre (at time of initial size up on 6/2/17  7:30 pm)

Containment:  None

Cause: Lightning

Status: Forest Service firefighters responded to the Monument Fire, arriving on scene around 7:30 pm.  The IC (Incident Commander)  did an initial size up and assessed values at risk and potential hazards.  The initial strategy is to monitor this lightning-caused fire until the conditions can be better assessed in the morning (6/3/17).  As soon as more information is available, this post will be updated (likely mid-morning on 6/3/17) .  Fire behavior is described as creeping with up to 2 ft flame lengths.

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