Lincoln National Forest, Crooked Creek Fire Update June 25

Firefighters made significant progress on the Crooked Creek fire on the Guadalupe Ranger District of the Lincoln National Forest. On June 24 crews were able to build direct fireline on the east and northeast flanks and kept the fire from crossing the Sargent Canyon drainage. Airtankers made fire retardant drops to keep the fire from advancing. Only interior smoke was observed and no large smoke columns developed.  The fire is now 6,800 acres.

On the southeast corner of the fire all completed fireline held and showed minimal fire activity. The south side of the fire is secure and mop up operations have begun.  Engines went direct on the southwest corner of the fire and kept the fire in place.

Today, aviation and ground resources will be used for direct line construction.  Mop up operations will continue.

Smoke may continue to affect the local area.  Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found online at the NM Department of Health’s website at https://nmtracking.org/fire.

Jurisdiction: Guadalupe Ranger District, Lincoln National Forest

Containment:  25%

Size: Approximately 6,800 acres

Cause:  Lightning

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

Location: Crooked Canyon

Lat/Long: 32 30.462, -105 1.590

Firefighting Resources:  approximately 104 total personnel

Values at Risk: None

Fuel Type:  Grass with open Piñon-Juniper

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