Lincoln National Forest- Smokey Bear Ranger District- Lone Mountain Fire Update 6/29/2019

Incident Name – Lone Mountain Fire

Jurisdiction: Lincoln National Forest, Smokey Bear Ranger District

Size: 1350 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 Lone Mountain Fire is now 1350 acres. The fire increased by about 250 acres within the established perimeter planning area between Forest Service Roads 976E and Road 483 (aka Coyote Canyon Road).

Crews, including two hotshot teams and three engines, will complete back burning along roads in anticipation of increased fire activity over the coming days and possibly weeks. Safety always comes first in fire management. Using fire boundaries to confine the fire increases the safety of personnel on the ground and reduces the number of firefighters needed.

Over the next few 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 New Mexico Department of Health website at

The Lone Mountain Fire is burning in an area with no structures or other values at risk. Naturally-ignited wildland fires play an important role in fire-adapted ecosystems by reducing dead wood accumulations to ash and releasing nutrients that stimulate new plant growth, and helping to regulate insect and disease levels. These fires also create a mosaic 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: The fire received about 0.12 inch of rain yesterday. Temperatures are expected to continue in the upper 80s with high humidity levels because of afternoon thunderstorms. Erratic winds are also predicted. 

Information on the Lone Mountain Fire is available on Inciweb at:

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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