Lone Mountain Fire Update: July 4, 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. 7/04/2019 — The Lone Mountain Fire has been turned over to an engine crew from Lincoln National Forest and they will monitor and patrol the fire’s perimeter as needed.

After more than a month, the lightning-caused fire stands at 3,631 acres and 90% completion. While the fire is extremely unlikely to escape its current footprint, it will not be fully “out” until the area receives substantial rain.

Forest leadership has used 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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