Pine Lodge Fire Update June 27, 2019

Incident Name – Pine Lodge Fire 

COMMUNITY MEETING TONIGHT AT THE ARABELA FIRE STATION THURSDAY JUNE 27, 6:30 P.M.

Jurisdiction: Lincoln National Forest, Smokey Bear Ranger District

Size: 12,484 acres

Containment: 11%

Containment Strategy:  Full Suppression

Cause:  Unknown Under Investigation

Date/Time Detected: Thursday, June 19, 2019, at approximately 2:00 p.m.

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

Total Personnel: Approximately 566

Fuel Type: Grass, Pinyon-Juniper, Mix Conifer

Values at Risk: Radio Towers, Cabins, 15 Structures in the Arabela area.

Fire Activity and Weather: Yesterday, fire behavior became more active on the north and southeast side of the Pine Lodge fire area as temperatures increased.  During afternoon hours, cloud build-up brought light precipitation on portions of the south end of the fire area.  This helped moderate fire behavior towards the end of the day.  Today’s weather will be a repeat of yesterdays, except with the possibility of an increase in moisture in the afternoon hours.  Fire behavior is still expected to be active during warm morning temperatures and will moderate in the afternoon as clouds build and temperatures become lower.

Operations: Both day and night shifts will be staffed so firefighters can continue to protect identified values.  Structure assessments are continuing around the Arabela community.  Risk assessments are also being conducted in the south end of fire area. Firefighters will continue to closely monitor the northeast point of the fire extinguishing hotspots as well as working to secure the area east of Seven Cabins Road.

Initial attack firefighters are available and ready if new fires start due to lightning as monsoonal storms move in.

Firefighters may conduct burn out operations as needed, improving control lines, and continuing protection of identified values.  Many of the crews are being “spiked” (camped) out closer to the fire area.  Citizens should expect increased fire traffic in the Arabela area as a new camp.

Smoke: Expect some smoke to settle in the lower areas at night and in the early morning due to an occurrence known as a temperature inversion. Trapped smoke generally lifts after the sun rises and temperatures rise For additional information go to NM Fire Information https://nmfireinfo.com/smokemanagement/.

Road Closures: NM State Road 246 from Capitan to Roswell continues to be closed (local access only). For status on road closures, citizens are encouraged to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department at 575-648-2341.

Lincoln National Forest Closure: Highway 246 is closed from Capitan to Roswell. Local residents will be allowed to access their home or property. An area closure is in place for Capitan Mountains east of Capitan Gap Road until further notice. All trail systems and Forest Service roads within the closure area are closed to public use. West Mountain is open for recreation. The official closure information and map is posted on the Pine Lodge Fire InciWeb page.
For additional information visit the websites below:

Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6397-PineLodgeFire

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