Soldier Canyon Fire Evening Update. 6/10/18

Soldier Canyon Fire Evening Update June 10, 2018

Jurisdiction: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Mescalero Apache Reservation

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

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

Firefighting Resources: 247 personnel total. 8 Type-1 Hotshot Crews, 1 Type-2 Hand Crew,

14 Engines, 1 Type-1 Helicopter, 1 Type-2 Helicopter, 2 Type-3 Helicopters. Fixed-wing aircraft available as needed.

Fuel Type: Ponderosa Pine, Mixed Conifer, Pinon Juniper

Size: Approx. 1,200 Acres (Acreage numbers updated after more accurate mapping.)

Containment:  28%

Cause: Human-caused, under investigation.

Closures: Highway 70 is open. Mescalero Apache Tribe has issued an official closure order for the fire area for the safety of the public.

Today, skies cleared midmorning after overnight high relative humidity and cooler temperatures.  These elevated burning conditions created additional smoke over the fire.  Crews worked to strengthen fire lines around the entire perimeter, elevating containment to 28%.

There are remaining large islands of unburned fuels within the fire perimeter.  These islands might create occasional columns of smoke between now and the arrival of typical monsoon moisture in early July.

A hotshot crew and aircraft responded around noon to a request for assistance from the Ruidoso Fire Department for a new start located outside Ruidoso.  The fire was confined to approximately one and a half acres.

A community meeting was held today at the Mescalero Community Center for tribal residents.  Approximately 160 residents attended the meeting.  Also attending was New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez.  The event focused on the firefighting effort and the Burned Area Response.

Residents and those traveling Highway 70 past 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 at

PUBLIC INFORMATION NUMBER  (575) 322-8792, email:

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