Baylor Canyon Fire Update – 3/5/19 10:30 AM – Road Closure has been LIFTED

BAYLOR CANYON FIRE UPDATE – 3/5/19   10:30 AM

Jurisdiction:  Bureau of Land Management Las Cruces District

Date/Time Detected: 3/2/19 – 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:   Today, 13 personnel (combination of BLM and Forest Service firefighters), two engines and one helicopter remain assigned to the Baylor Canyon Fire.  The fire is 75% contained and firefighters will be focusing on gaining additional containment.  

Values at Risk:  None

Size:  50 acres

Containment:  75%

Cause: Human-caused, under investigation

Status: The fire is in very steep, rugged terrain and has been primarily burning in grass and brush at an elevation of 6,600 ft.  Small portions of the fire within the 50-acre perimeter continue to smolder, however smoke emissions remain light.

Closure: The temporary ROAD CLOSURE that has been in place — intersections of Baylor Canyon Road/Los Vaqueros Road (southbound) and Dripping Springs Road/Baylor Canyon Road (northbound) HAS BEEN LIFTED

All trails within the vicinity of Baylor Canyon Fire REMAIN CLOSED.  Note that the the trail closures will be lifted only when the determination is made that it is safe to re-open the affected trails.

Roadway travelers are reminded that there is still fire traffic in the area!  Please drive safely and mitigate potential hazards by slowing down and having a heightened awareness of possible encounters with fire traffic.  

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 this evening (3/5/19).

PIO:  Loretta Benavidez , 575-525-4463, lb.nmpio2@gmail.com

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