Lincoln National Forest- Smokey Bear Ranger District- Lone Mountain Fire Update 6/28/2019

Incident Name – Lone Mountain Fire

Jurisdiction: Lincoln National Forest, Smokey Bear Ranger District

Size: 1100 acres

Cause: Lightning

Date/Time Detected: May 26, 2019

Location: 6 miles north of White Oaks, NM.

Lat/Long: 33.80809, -105.7386

Legal Description: T6S, R12E, SESW Sec 1

Fuel Type:  Pinyon/Juniper, Grass, Ponderosa Pine

Values at Risk: None

Fire Update: The Columbine Wildland Fire Module assumed command of the Lone Mountain Fire on Wednesday morning.

After conducting more precise mapping, it was determined the Lone Mountain Fire is now 1100 acres. The fire picked up about 200 acres on the north side as it slowly burned towards Road 975b. The fire remains well within the established planning area perimeter between Forest Service Roads 976E and Road 483 (aka Coyote Canyon Road).

Today crews will construct fire line and conduct back burning along roads in anticipation of increased fire activity over the coming days and possibly weeks. Smoke may be visible from Carrizozo, Capitan and Highway 54. For more information on how to protect your health during a wildfire please visit the New Mexico Department of Health website at

This wildfire, which was started by lightning on May 26, 2019, is being managed for resource benefit. Potential benefits of this fire include reducing the number of pinyon-juniper trees. The pinyon-juniper trees have encroached historically open areas, making it difficult for native grasses to flourish. It also will create a variety of burned and unburned vegetation, which increases habitat diversity and breaks up continuous fuels on the forest floor (branches, fallen trees, etc.) which can help limit or slow the intensity and spread of large wildfires in the future.

Weather: Temperatures are expected to be in the upper 80s with higher humidity levels in the afternoon because of nearby rain clouds. Sustained winds of 6 mph, gusting up to 33 mph are predicted.

For more information on the Lone Mountain Fire, please visit

Smoke Conditions: Currently, smoke impacts are limited; however, smoke may become visible from Highway 54, Carrizozo, White Oaks, Capitan, and surrounding areas. For more information on air quality and health impacts from smoke, please visit the New Mexico Department of Health website at

Closures and Restrictions: No closure orders are in effect.

Lone Mountain Fire Information: 575-208-4881

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