Lincoln National Forest – Crooked Creek Fire Update

Incident Name – Crooked Creek fire

06/21/2018 Fire Update: The Crooked Creek fire, located in a remote location on the northern portion of the Guadalupe Ranger District in Crooked Canyon, is approximately 125 acres. Fire activity continues to be minimal with some smoldering, creeping and backing through brush and grass.

Ground resources, which includes one Hotshot crew and six engine modules, completed indirect fire line construction yesterday along the designated perimeter in the north and west edges.

Today, firefighters will complete indirect line construction along the south and east perimeters of the fire and prepare for managed burnout operations anticipated for Friday and Saturday if favorable weather conditions are present. Crews will continue to monitor fire activity and growth along with current and predicted weather. Hot and dry conditions have returned to the area and are expected to continue.

Increased smoke may be visible the next few days as crews begin to implement managed burnout operations, securing the indirect fire perimeter. Smoke may be visible through the weekend, but most will dissipate in 1-2 days following managed burnout operations.

Due to the remote location and rough terrain firefighters are implementing tactics that will yield a high probability of success and meet land management objectives while allowing for the safety of firefighters. Additional management actions will be further determined by fire activity, weather, and continued progression of the fire.

Jurisdiction: Guadalupe Ranger District, Lincoln National Forest

Date/Time Detected: June 15, 2018, 11:16 am

Location: Crooked Canyon

Lat/Long: 32 30.462, -105 1.590

Firefighting Resources:  Sacramento Hotshots and 6 engines

Values at Risk: None

Fuel Type:  Grass with open Piñon-Juniper

Size: Approximately 125 acres

Cause: Lightning

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

PIO: Jeannette Dreadfulwater, 208-512-9445, jmdreadfulwater@fs.fed.us

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