Soldier Canyon Fire, morning update. June 10, 2018

Soldier Canyon Fire Morning Update ​– ​June 10, 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:​ ​247 personnel total. 7 Type-1 Hotshot Crews, 1 Type-2 Hand Crew, 7 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.​ ​1,300 Acres (Acreage numbers updated after more accurate mapping.) Containment: ​15% 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.

There will be a Mescalero Tribal Community Meeting at the Mescalero Community Center today at 1:00 p.m.

The fire is burning on Tribal land on the Mescalero Apache Reservation, approximately one mile​ ​north of the town of Mescalero, NM. Local communities remain at risk as well as cultural and archeological resources, Tribal facilities, recreational areas, and the Tri-State power lines.

Firefighters made excellent progress on the Soldier Canyon fire yesterday, constructing fireline directly on the fire​’​s edge with hand-tools and bulldozers. Helicopters dropped water to support the crews throughout the day, and fire activity was minimal. Today firefighters are working to secure remaining sections of fire perimeter, mopping-up hot spots and patrolling completed fireline.

Thunderstorms may bring light rain and erratic winds to the fire area. Firefighters on the Soldier Canyon Fire are ready to respond to new fire starts.

Evacuation orders were lifted yesterday at 3 p.m. and residents began returning home. A closure order is in place for the fire area. Residents are advised to drive carefully as firefighters and heavy equipment are traveling along Highway 70 and throughout populated areas.

Fire danger is extremely high and fire restrictions remain in place for the Sacramento Mountain Range and Mescalero Apache lands. Campfires are prohibited as well as use of flame-producing devices, including camp stoves. Recreational shooting is prohibited, and the use of gas-powered motors other than motor vehicles is not allowed.

If you are concerned about air quality, please visit the NM Department of Health​’​s smoke page at​.



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