Soldier Canyon Fire Update. FINAL UPDATE

Soldier Canyon Fire – Final Information Update June 15, 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: 271 Personnel total. 5 Type-1 Hotshot Crews, 2 Type-2 Hand Crew,

2 Camp Crews, 1 Type-1 Helicopter, 1 Type-2 Helicopter, 1 Type-3 Helicopter. Fixed-wing aircraft as needed.

Incident Commander: Travis Pfister, Ken Roberts (trainee)

Fuel Type: Ponderosa Pine, Mixed Conifer, Pinon Juniper

Size: Approx. 1,270 Acres

Containment:  95%

Cause: Human-caused, under investigation.

Closures: An official closure order for the fire area remains in place to protect public safety.


The Soldier Canyon Fire received little rain yesterday. Crews completed putting sand bags and cement barriers in place around homes as a precaution against possible flooding. Hurricane Bud has weakened as it is progressing north. Clear skies today are expected to give way to thunderstorms this afternoon and evening. The greatest chance of wetting rains associated with this storm is predicted for Saturday morning.

A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team, resource advisors, and a Flood Response Group consisting of Tribal Representatives and crews are coordinating their efforts to protect the residents of Soldier Canyon and cultural values at risk. Crews are filling additional sand bags to be pre-positioned in the event flooding occurs.

Residents living on the north side of Highway 70 are advised to prepare for possible evacuations in the event flooding becomes imminent. Residents are advised to stay closely informed as this weather pattern develops.

This will be the final information update for the Soldier Canyon Fire. Fire managers and Tribal representatives will issue additional announcements if the situation changes, and the fire will be placed in monitor status.

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