Lone Mountain Fire Update: July 3, 2019

Incident Start Date: May 26, 2019               Cause: Lightning        Size: 3,631 acres

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

Fire Strategy: Containment               Percent Complete: 90%

Carrizozo, Ruidoso, Alamogordo NM. 7/03/2019 — Firefighters have completed their planned ignitions within the footprint of the Lone Mountain Fire and are stepping back to patrol and monitor the lines. Crews at Lone Mountain burned more than 400 acres yesterday to bring the final total acres to 3,631.

With most of the fire’s edge cold, assigned crews – one hand crew, one engine, one UAS team and one wildland fire module – will turn the fire over to the local resources of the Lincoln National Forest. While the fire is highly unlikely to see any growth, it will not be truly contained or “out” until the area receives substantial rain.

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.    

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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