Lincoln National Forest: Copeland Fire – Initial Post

Incident Name – Copeland Fire

Fire Update: Crews immediately responded to the Copeland Fire, which was detected yesterday evening at 6:10 pm. The Copeland Fire is burning on the north end of the Capitan Mountains in the Peppin Fire Scar approximately 10 miles from the town of Arabela, NM. The lightning-caused fire is estimated at 1/4 acre and is 0% contained.

Fire management officials are carefully assessing the situation to develop a course of action for the fire, including the possibility of managing the fire for resource benefit. Factors being taken into consideration are public and firefighter safety, values at risk, potential impacts to the land and communities, firefighting resource availability, fuel conditions, and possible fire duration.

Another update will be posted tomorrow morning unless there is a significant change.          

Jurisdiction: Lincoln National Forest, Smokey Bear Ranger District

Date/Time Detected: 4/26/2019 at 6:10pm

Location: North end of the Capitan Mountains in Copeland Canyon.

Lat/Long: Lat: 33°, 37′, 48.76″, Lon: 105°, 16′, 53.05″

Legal Description: T8S, R17E, SENE Sec 8

Values at Risk: None

Fuel Type:  Pinyon-Juniper

Size: ¼ acre

Containment: 0%

Cause of Fire: Lightning

Values at Risk: None

Map: Copeland Fire Map April 26 2019

PIO: Laura Rabon, 575-434-7290 laura.rabon@usda.gov

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