Soldier Canyon Fire Evening Update 6/9/18

Soldier Canyon Fire Evening Update – June 9, 2018

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″, Long: 105°, 46′, 8.39″

Legal Description: T13S, R12E, NESW Sec 22

Firefighting Resources: 7 Type-1 Hotshot Crews, 2 Type-2 Hand Crews, 22 Engines, 2 Type-1 Helicopters, 1 Type-2 Helicopters, 2 Type-3 Helicopters, Fixed Wing aircraft as needed.

Fuel Type: Ponderosa Pine, Mixed Conifer, Pinon Juniper

Size: Approx. 1,300 Acres (Acreage numbers updated after more accurate mapping.)

Containment:  15%

Cause: Human-caused, under investigation.

Closures: Highway 70 is open in both directions. Mescalero Apache Tribe has issued an official closure notice for the fire area.

Status: Firefighters continued to make progress on the Soldier Canyon fire today working and improving all portions of the perimeter. Fire behavior was moderated by increased humidity, which slowed its movement resulting in another day of limited growth. Predicted outflow winds failed to materialize, further aiding firefighting efforts and allowing tribal authorities to lift the evacuation orders for affected neighborhoods and residences. The fire is now 15% contained.

Firefighters assigned to structure protection continued to evaluate and make contingency plans in the event there is any movement of the fire towards structures. Crews working the fire were also   made available to assist local resources should new fires be detected.

Although great progress is being made, it is important that area visitors and residents alike be aware that a closure order has been imposed by the tribal government for the entire fire area as crews are continuing to work to contain the fire. The entire Sacramento Mountain range, of which the Mescalero Apache lands are a portion, is experiencing extremely dangerous fire conditions.  Visitors should be aware that fire restrictions are in place, which prohibit campfires, use of any flame producing device, recreational shooting, or use of gas motors other than those contained in automobiles.

The fire is burning on Tribal land on the Mescalero Apache Reservation, approximately one mile north of the town of Mescalero, NM. Residents and those traversing US Highway 70 through the fire area need to be aware of heavy equipment on the highway dedicated to the fire suppression effort.

If you are concerned about air quality, please visit the NM Department of Health’s smoke page: https://nmtracking.org/fire.

For evacuation information call BIA Law Enforcement – 575 464 9129.

PUBLIC INFORMATION NUMBER  575-322-8792, email: SoldierCanyonFire@gmail.com

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