Baylor Canyon Fire Update – 3/03/19 8:00 PM

BAYLOR CANYON FIRE UPDATE – 3/03/19   8:00 PM

Jurisdiction:  Bureau of Land Management Las Cruces District

Date/Time Detected:  3/02/19 – 5:51 pm

Location:  Approximately 2 miles south of Organ, NM

Lat/Long:  Lat: 32°,23′,37.96″, Lon: 106°,35′,31.57″

Legal Description:  T22S, R3E, Sec 13

Firefighting Resources:  BLM and Forest Service firefighters are currently assigned to the Baylor Canyon Fire.  Firefighting resources also include several engines and a helicopter.  At the onset of the fire, there was considerable support by local Dona Ana County Volunteer Fire Departments and they were instrumental in helping with the firefighting effort. Firefighters are conducting full suppression tactics and today their efforts have been focused on securing the fire perimeter. Today’s hard work resulted in 50% containment of the Baylor Canyon Fire.  Approximately 20 personnel remain assigned to the Baylor Canyon Fire.

Values at Risk:  None at this time

Size:  50 acres

Containment:  50%

Cause: Human-caused, under investigation

Status:  The fire is in very rugged terrain and primarily burning in grass and brush at an elevation of 6,600 ft.  Fire behavior is described as “smoldering”.

Closure:  A temporary closure is in place at the intersections of Baylor Canyon Road/Los Vaqueros Road (southbound) and Dripping Springs Road/Baylor Canyon Road (northbound).  All trails within the vicinity of Baylor Canyon Fire are currently closed.

Temporary Closures help keep firefighters and the public safe, while the fire remains active.  The closures will be lifted when the determination is made that it is safe to re-open the affected roads and trails. 

Regarding smoke, if visibility becomes lower because of smoke, please visit the NM Department of Health’s smoke page:  https://nmtracking.org/fire

The next update will be provided around mid-morning tomorrow (3/04/19).

PIO:  Loretta Benavidez, lb.nmpio2@gmail.com

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