Lone Mountain Fire Update: July 1, 2019

Incident Start Date: May 26, 2019               Cause: Lightning        Size: 2,536 acres

Incident Type: Wildfire          Vegetation Type: Pinyon-Juniper, Grass & Ponderosa Pine

Fire Strategy: Containment               Percent Contained: 30%


Carrizozo, Ruidoso, Alamogordo NM. 7/01/2019 — Crews have completed work to blackline the perimeter of the Lone Mountain Fire – a lightning-ignited fire 14 miles northeast of Carrizozo – and acreage has increased to 2,536 acres with 30% containment.

Fire personnel worked for weeks to form a secure perimeter on this fire to allow it to help reduce dangerous fuel loads and restore a more natural landscape to the fire-adapted ecosystem. The 600-acre growth from the last reporting period represents a significant step towards reducing fuels and improving vegetation variety. The fire remains well within the established perimeter planning area between Forest Service Roads 976E and Road 483 (aka Coyote Canyon Road).

With the perimeter established and blackened by low-intensity fire, crews now can focus on taking fire to the interior portions of the fire’s footprint in the coming days.

Residents and visitors might see continued smoke from firing operations, especially during the warmer, drier afternoon and early evening hours. Smoke might be visible from White Oaks, Carrizozo, Capitan and Highway 54.

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.    

Information on the Lone Mountain Fire is available on Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6380/.

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