Lincoln National Forest, Crooked Creek Fire Update June 26

Favorable weather helps firefighters on the Crooked Creek Fire

Sunday and Monday firefighters took advantage of a reprieve from the severe weather earlier this week; with higher humidity and a northeast wind at their backs, firefighters were able to safely stop forward progress of the Crooked Creek Fire on the Guadalupe Ranger District of the Lincoln National Forest. Firefighters used direct attack along the fire’s edge on the north and northeast flanks of the fire, stopping the fire before reaching the Sargent Canyon drainage.

There was little to no growth on the fire yesterday and the acreage remains at 6800 acres. The containment has increased to 40% with that percentage expected to grow as crews continue to make good headway. Crews have completed fireline construction on the west, north, and eastern edges of the fire.

Today, fire managers will direct operations to completely secure the southwest fire edge if weather conditions safely permit. Engines and hand crews will continue to secure the Crooked Creek Fire perimeter over the next few days.

There is a chance of dry lightning in the area Tuesday and Wednesday as monsoonal flow begins to move in. Resources from the Crooked Creek Fire will be available to help suppress any new fires that may arise in the surrounding areas.

Smoke impacts should be minimal.  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

Jurisdiction: Guadalupe Ranger District, Lincoln National Forest

Containment:  40%

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:  151 total personnel

Values at Risk: None

Fuel Type:  Grass with open Piñon-Juniper

PIO: Bill Morse, 602-529-5924

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