Lincoln National Forest – 5/23/2018 – Kellar Fire: Initial Post

New Fire Start – Kellar Fire

INITIAL FIRE UPDATE: 5/23/2018, 6:15pm

Jurisdiction: Lincoln National Forest, Guadalupe Ranger District

Date/Time Detected: 5/22/2018, 9:52am

Location: Northeast of Queen, NM

Lat/Long: Lat: 32°,12′,42.92″, Lon: 104°,40′,45.47″,

Legal Description: T24S, R22E, SWSW Sec 14

Firefighting Resources: 2 Engines, 1 Hot Shot Crew

Values at Risk: Community of Queen, NM, Sitting Bull Falls Recreation Area

Hazards: Heat, Terrain

Fuels:  Pinyon Juniper, Desert scrub

Size: 4 acres

Containment: 0%

Cause: Lightning Caused

Status: Firefighters responded to the Kellar Fire shortly after it was reported yesterday morning. The 4-acre fire was determined to be lightning-caused and is smoldering in pinyon juniper and desert scrub. The Kellar Fire is located in the burn scar of the Last Chance Fire of 2011.  Precipitation today kept fire activity low. Firefighters will return to the scene tomorrow to continue fire operations.

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:

PIO: Laura Rabon,   575-434-7211.     Loretta Benavidez,  575-430-5546

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