Soldier Canyon Fire Update-6/8/18 2:30 pm

Power to Ruidoso and surrounding communities will remain on for the time being.

Incident Name – Soldier Canyon Fire

Jurisdiction: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Mescalero Apache

Date/Time Detected: 6/7/2018 3:00 pm

Location: Soldier Canyon. 1 Mile North of the town of Mescalero

Lat/Long: Lat: 33°, 10′, 16.83″, Lon: 105°, 46′, 8.39″

Legal Description: T13S, R12E, NESW Sec 22

Firefighting Resources: 7 Hot Shot Crews, 8 Type-6 Engines, 1 Type-3 Helicopter, 2 single engine air tankers (SEATs), 3 large air tankers, 1 very large air tanker.

Fuel Type: Ponderosa Pine, Mixed Conifer

Size: 2554+ Acres

Containment: 0%

Cause: Under investigation

Values at Risk: 100 structures including homes and the Mescalaro School, Hwy. 70 and Power Lines.

Closures: None. Highway 70 is open in both directions.

Status: The Soldier Canyon Fire is burning on BIA land on the Mescalero Apache Reservation approximately one mile north of the town of Mescalero, NM. The fire is 2554+ acres and is burning in ponderosa pine and mixed conifer fuels. A Type 1 Incident Management Team has been ordered and will arrive this afternoon to take command. Additional resources will continue to arrive over the next few days. Please stay clear of the area and be aware of emergency vehicles.

There is a mandatory evacuation in place for Blank Canyon, White Mountain subdivision, Windy Point and Shadow Ridge. The evacuation site is Mescalero Community Center. Highway 70 will remain open as long as traffic continues to flow and is not impacted by the fire. Please do not stop along the highway.

Mescalero Tribal Offices are closed today.

Firefighters and aircraft are working to fully suppress the fire. Smoke is visible from Alamogordo, Carrizozo, Tularosa and Ruidoso.  The fire has not crossed Route 6 or Highway 70. Crews will continue to put in lines on the west and east flanks of the fire today.

The Mescalero Apache Tribe appreciates all the support and offers for donations, however at this time we request the public hold off on donating items. Smoke-sensitive people can go to the Tularosa Community Shelter if needed.

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. Please check http://www.nmfireinfo.com for more information.

PIO: Laura Rabon, 505-681-2837, laurarabon@fs.fed.us

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