Lincoln National Forest- Guadalupe Ranger District- Rawhide Fire 8/23/2019

Incident Name – Rawhide Fire

Jurisdiction: Lincoln National Forest, Guadalupe Ranger District

Size:  9214 Acres

Cause: Lightning

Date/Time Detected: Aug 8, 2019, 10:00 pm

Location: 5 miles NW of Sitting Bull Falls near Rawhide Canyon.

Values at Risk: None.

Fire Update 8/23/2019: Smoke was visible the past two days on the Rawhide Fire as it grew 600 acres in the Lawyer Canyon area of the Guadalupe Ranger District on the Lincoln National Forest. Hand ignitions were successfully conducted on Wednesday to help check and direct the fire’s movement through the canyon.

Monsoonal rains will likely hit the fire area within the next two weeks. In the meantime, crews will continue to allow the fire to fulfill its natural role in the ecosystem. Fire plays an integral role by reducing fuels on the forest floor. It will also help curtail encroachment by juniper trees which can regenerate rapidly, outcompeting other vital plants like grasses, which are needed for forage.

Higher humidity levels are resulting in low to moderate fire behavior on the 9214-acre fire. The lightning-caused Rawhide Fire is burning in an area with no structures or infrastructure at risk.

Soon after the Rawhide Fire started on August 8, fire managers identified a 21,500-acre planning area to confine the fire. Crews worked diligently to secure the area utilizing roads and ridges to anchor from and backburn. The fire has burned through 43% of the planning area so far.

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