Lone Mountain Fire Update: July 2, 2019

Incident Start Date: May 26, 2019               Cause: Lightning        Size: 3,224 acres

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

Fire Strategy: Containment               Percent Contained: 80%

Carrizozo, Ruidoso, Alamogordo NM. 7/02/2019 — Crew members blackened 650 acres within the footprint of the Lone Mountain Fire as they move toward completing work to help restore the landscape to a more natural state. Lone Mountain is a lightning-sparked fire that started May 26 and covers 3,224 acres northeast of Carrizozo.

Forest leadership is using this natural occurrence to reintroduce fire to a landscape that not only has adapted to live with fire but thrives with regular, low-intensity burns. With no structural, cultural or historic values directly in the fire’s path and complimentary weather, the decision was made to not only let the fire burn but put more fire on the ground to help contain any potential spread. The result is 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.    

Firefighters are nearing completion of burning operations and likely will turn the operations back to the staff of the Lincoln National Forest in the coming days as it falls into a monitoring and patrol status.

The fire remains well within the established perimeter planning area between Forest Service Roads 976E and Road 483 (aka Coyote Canyon Road).

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.

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


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