Lincoln National Forest, New Fire Start, Pepper Spring Fire, June 26

A lightning caused wildfire was detected today at approximately 4:00 p.m. on the Sacramento Ranger District of the Lincoln National Forest. The fire is located in Pepper Canyon and is approximately ¼ acre in size.

Two engines and one hotshot crew are on scene and will monitor the fire overnight. The fire is located in the old Scott Able fire scar from 2000. Additional management actions will be further determined by fire activity, weather, and continued progression of the fire.

The fire was observed to be smoldering with low to moderate fire behavior in brush and dead standing trees.  The fire may be visible from the communities of Sacramento and Weed. No communities or structures are threatened.

Tomorrow’s forecast for the fire area calls for an 80% chance of precipitation and higher humidity.

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 New Mexico Department of Health’s website at

Jurisdiction: Sacramento Ranger District, Lincoln National Forest

Date/Time Detected: June 26, 2018, 4:00 pm

Location: Pepper Canyon, ½ mile south of Camp Wehinahpay

Lat/Long: 32 45.142, -105 41.095

Firefighting Resources:  2 engines, 1 Hotshot Crew

Values at Risk: None

Fuel Type:  brush and dead standing trees

Size: ¼ acre

Cause: Lightning

PIO: Denise Ottaviano, 505-219-5784,

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