Pepper Spring Fire Update June 27, 2018

The Pepper Spring Fire is burning on the Sacramento Ranger District of the Lincoln National Forest. The fire was caused by lightning on June 26, 2018. It is burning in the old fire scar from the Scott Able Fire.

The fire is burning at a very low intensity, creeping along the ground and consuming dead and down logs and debris. There was rain on the fire area Tuesday and there is a 20% to 40% chance of wetting rains over the next few days. These moderate conditions support fire behavior that is beneficial to wildlife, cattle, native grasses and forest health while cleaning up dead and down debris.

The old fire scar is a dangerous area for firefighters to work directly on the fire’s edge due to multiple weakened, standing dead snag trees and an excess of downed trees making foot travel slow and difficult. Firefighter and public safety is the primary objective on this and all wildfires. Fire managers are utilizing roads and natural barriers to keep the fire within the Scott Able burn.

There are currently 35 firefighters on the ground at the Pepper Spring Fire. This includes three engines, and one Interagency Hotshot Crew.

Today firefighters conducted burnout operations along Forest Road 437 in order to strengthen it as a barrier to fire spreading to the north towards the Camp Wehinahpay Boy Scout Camp. They will also be reinforcing roads and ridges to the south and east of the fire to protect private property and forest lands outside of the old fire scar.

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 https://nmtracking.org/fire.

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: 3 acres

Cause: Lightning

Contact: PIO Bill Morse, (928)699-4497 frcapt10@gmail.com

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