Lincoln National Forest-Smokey Bear Ranger District- Pine Lodge Fire Morning Update 6/21/2019

Incident Name – Pine Lodge Fire

Jurisdiction: Lincoln National Forest, Smokey Bear Ranger District

Size: 701 acres

Containment: 0%

Containment Strategy: Full Suppression

Cause: Unknown, Under Investigation

Date/Time Detected: June 19, 2019, at approximately 2:00 pm

General Location: Off Highway 246 about 4 miles up Forest Service Road 130 near the Capitan Mountain Wilderness

Lat/Long: Lat: 33°, 37′ 28.6″ Long:-105°, 14′, 40″

Legal Description: T8S, R17E, SESE Sec 10

Firefighting Resources: 5 engines and personnel.  2 hotshot crews. 1 water tender. 1 dozer. 1 Type -3 helicopter. 2 single engine air tanker (SEATs). 1 Air Attack. The Pecos Type-3 team and additional resources have been ordered.

Total Personnel: Approx. 80

Fuel Type: Grass, Pinyon-Juniper, Mix Conifer

Values at Risk: Radio Towers, Cabins

Injuries: None

Fire Map: Pine Lodge Fire Map PIO 06-21-2019

Fire Update. 6/21/2019 at 11am:

At 7:00 a.m., the Pecos Zone Type 3 Team, led by Ken Roberts, assumed command of the Pine Lodge Fire, which is predominately burning in the Capitan Mountains Wilderness. The fire has consumed 701 acres as of June 21, 2019. The fire has been active with some trees torching. The fire made some short runs. Previously burned areas continue to smolder. Overnight the winds shifted to southeast causing the fire to grow to the northeast.

Six private cabins are located on Forest Service land. At this time, reports are two cabins and one vehicle have burned in the Pine Lodge Fire. There is a communication site, with surrounding State and Private lands at risk.

Powerlines have been turned off due to the proximity of the fire. There are trigger points in place, that if met, will constitute additional electrical lines being also turned off.

The Capitan Mountains Wilderness is rough, dangerous country for firefighters. All strategies are being planned with the goal to ensure public and firefighter safety.

Weather:  Predictions for upcoming days are for a drying trend with hotter temperatures and lower relative humidity in the area. Red flag warnings are in place from noon today, until Friday, June 22. Winds are forecasted to be 20 to 25 mph, gusting to 35 mph.

Evacuations: At this time, there are no evacuations in the area.

Firefighting Resources: Five engines and personnel have been dispatched to the incident. Two hotshot crews are in place. There are three water tenders present. Two dozers are on sight with an additional one ordered. Air attack, a type-three helicopter, and two single-engine air tankers are in place. As the incident progresses and changes, additional resources will be ordered.

Closures:  Closures are in place for the Pine Lodge cabin area. Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.

Posts for the Pine Lodge Fire will be released each morning and evening.  For information, see http://www.nmfireinfo.com/ and www.inciweb.org or call 575 208-4402, Pine Lodge Fire information.

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