Lincoln National Forest – Guadalupe Ranger District – Rock Pile Fire – FINAL FIRE UPDATE 7/17/17 – 1:20 pm

Fire Name: Rock Pile Fire

Jurisdiction: Lincoln National Forest, Guadalupe Ranger District

Date/Time Detected: 07/12/17  4:00 pm

Location: West of Big Canyon, 12 Miles from Queen, NM

Lat/Long:  Lat: 32°, 1′, 42.53″,  Long: 104°, 45′, 59.77″

Legal Description: T26S, R21E, NWSW Sec 24

Firefighting Resources: 6 personnel, 1 Engine

Values at Risk: None

Hazards: Snags, Terrain

Fuels: Juniper, grass, brush, ponderosa

Size: 13 acres

Containment: 100%

Cause: Lightning

Current Status:

7/17/2017, 1:20 pm: The Rock Pile Fire is 100 percent contained and controlled. The Closure Order for Forest Service Road 9553 has been rescinded (lifted). This is the FINAL UPDATE for the Rock Pile Fire, unless there is a significant change to report.

Previous Status Updates:

7/17/17, 10:55 am: The Rock Pile Fire is 100 percent contained and controlled.

7/15/17, 1:30 pm: The Rock Pile Fire is 13 acres and 80 percent contained. It continues to receive moisture from thunderstorms in the area. Crews will continue to monitor and patrol the area over the next few days. The closure order for Forest Service Road 9553 is still in affect. This will be the last post until the closure order is lifted, unless there is a significant change.

7/14/17, 5:15pm: The Rock Pile Fire burning on the Lincoln National Forest, Guadalupe Ranger District continues to hold at 10 acres and is 20 percent contained.  The fire received some precipitation yesterday afternoon and this morning from thunderstorms in the area, but it also made it difficult for crews to navigate the steep and slippery terrain.  Crews are taking extra precautions to ensure firefighter safety after a collapsed cave was identified within the fire area. Personnel will return to the fire tomorrow morning to continue fire suppression activities.  The closure order for Forest Service Road 9553 (See Rock Pile Fire Closure Order.pdf) is still in affect. The closure order is to reduce risk to public health and safety by restricting access to the area during fire suppression activities. Another update will be made tomorrow evening.

7/13/17, 4:30pm The Rock Pile Fire is burning on the Lincoln National Forest, Guadalupe Ranger District.  The 10-acre fire is located approximately 12 miles from Queen, NM. A closure order has been issued for Forest Service Road 9553 (See Rock Pile Fire Closure Order.pdf) to reduce risk to public health and safety by restricting access to the area during fire suppression activities. Today crews worked to secure the perimeter of the fire. They specifically focused on preventing the fire from spreading into Big Canyon.  The fire is in rough terrain and is burning at a low-to-moderate intensity in ponderosa and oak brush. Crew will return home this evening and resume fire containment activities early tomorrow morning.

7/12/17, 7:45 pm: Firefighters are responding to the Rock Pile Fire on the Lincoln National Forest, Guadalupe Ranger District after reports of smoke.  The 8-10 acre fire is located approximately 12 miles from Queen, NM. Crews will perform an initial assessment of the fire and begin working if possible. The fire is in rough terrain and is described as creeping in grass, brush and juniper.

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: Laura Walsh, lwalsh@fs.fed.us  505-681-2837

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