Lincoln NF – Pepper Springs Fire 20 Percent Contained

Alamogordo, New Mexico (July 12, 2018) – The Pepper Springs fire on the Sacramento Ranger District of the Lincoln National Forest is now 20% contained. Despite significant rainfall over the fire the past several days, firefighters were able to conduct burnout operations along Forest Road 437. This reinforced line on the northern boundary of the fire, adding further protection of Camp Wehinahpay.

Daily monsoonal rains have limited fire behavior to smoldering and fire resources are monitoring the fire. The size remains 74 acres. The fire was started by lightning on June 26, 2018. No smoke impacts are anticipated.

On July 11th a new lightning-caused fire started approximately ¾ of a mile east of the Pepper Springs fire south of Forest Road 437. The Pepper 2 fire is a single tree snag with very little ground fire around it. Firefighters from the Pepper Springs fire are monitoring this new start. There will be no further updates on the Pepper 2 fire unless conditions change.

Additional updates on the Pepper Springs fire will be shared when there is significant activity to report. More monsoonal rain is expected over both fires into this coming weekend.



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