Lincoln National Forest, Pepper Springs Fire Update June 30, 2018

Cloudcroft, New Mexico (June 30, 2018) – Due to significant precipitation and high humidity on the Pepper Springs Fire Thursday evening and Friday afternoon, the fire has had no growth overnight. Due to improved mapping, the actual fire size is 74 acres, up from the previously estimated 51 acres. The fire is located south of Forest Road 437, with 2 acres having burned east of Forest Road 434.

On Friday firefighters monitored control lines as the fire slowly consumed heavy dead and down logs that litter the forest floor. As weather permits, firefighters will ignite materials between the control lines and the fire edge, securing the perimeter as it slowly moves to the northeast.

There has been significant thunderstorm activity in the area. Thursday night lightning struck a single tree 4 miles north of the Pepper Springs Fire. The Hay Fire spread to 4/10ths of an acre before 2 engines from the Lincoln National Forest, Sacramento District, arrived on scene. The fire is 100% contained and firefighters are monitoring the situation. Firefighters and lookouts remain diligent for any new fire starts throughout the Forest.

Future updates on the status of the Pepper Springs Fire will be released if conditions change and fire activity warrants. Interested parties and media may contact Public Information Officer Bill Morse at (602) 529-5924.

Smoke impacts have been 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 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:  3 engines

Values at Risk: None

Fuel Type:  Brush and dead standing trees

Size: 74 acresIMG_8771

Cause: Lightning

Contact: PIO Bill Morse, (928)699-4497

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