Lincoln National Forest – 5/24/18 – Fall Creek Fire: Final Update

INCIDENT NAME: Fall Creek Fire

Fire Update: 5/24/2018, 4:30pm

Jurisdiction: Lincoln National Forest, Smokey Bear Ranger District

Date/Time Detected: 5/23/2018, 10:45 am

Location: Southwest corner of the White Mountain Wilderness on the backside of Ski Apache.

Lat/Long: Lat: 33°,23′,27.88″, Lon: 105°,50′,7.81″

Legal Description: T9S, R11E, SESE Sec 31

Firefighting Resources: 2 Single Engine Air Tankers, 2 Air Attack, 1 Type 3 Helicopter, 1 Type-1 Hot Shot Crew

Hazards: None

Fuels:  Mix Conifer

Size: 0.10

Containment: 100%

Cause: Lightning


5/24/2018 Status:     Fire crews who stayed in the area overnight began full suppression operations early this morning. The fire was contained at 11:16 am. This will be the final update for the Fall Creek Fire unless there are significant changes.

In order to reduce human-caused fires and protect public safety, the Smokey Bear Ranger District will continue with Stage II Restrictions.


  • No Campfires, charcoal, coal, wood stove
  • No Smoking except in vehicle or developed recreation Site or in an area at least three feet in diameter that is cleared of all flammable material
  • No Fireworks Ever In Your National Forests
  • No Discharging of firearm, air rifle or gas gun
  • No Operating Chainsaw or combustion engine form 10:00am to 09:00pm
  • No Welding or operating an acetylene torch with open flame
  • No Operating internal or external combustion engine without a spark arresting device
  • Possessing or using a motor vehicle off National Forest System roads except parking in area devoid of vegetation within 10 feet of the roadway

Fire restrictions in New Mexico can be found at


5/23/2018 Status: Firefighters immediately responded to a smoke report in the White Mountain Wilderness on the Smokey Bear Ranger of the Lincoln National Forest. The fire is located northwest of Ruidoso in the White Mountain Wilderness approximately 1/2 mile west of Ski Apache. Access to the fire is in steep, rocky terrain. One Type-1 Hot Shot Crew has arrived at the fire and has started full suppression efforts. They will stay overnight and continue operations tomorrow morning. Two single engine air tankers (SEAT) dropped fire retardant on the fire today. There is a large storm cell in the area and a tornado warning is also in effect.

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:

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

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