Lincoln National Forest-5/1/2020 The Sitting Bull Fire

Carlsbad, NM- 5/1/2020– The Sitting Bull Fire on the Guadalupe Ranger District of the Lincoln National Forest was first reported at 5 pm on May 1, 2020. County, Forest Service, and BLM resources quickly responded to the fire.  The grass fire is 1/10 of an acre and is located about 1.5 miles from the popular developed recreation site, Sitting Bull Falls. The recreation site was not threatened.

The Lincoln National Forest has been under fire restrictions prohibiting campfires since April 15.  Weather conditions over the past few weeks have been hot with limited precipitation, leading to fine fuels like grass, being more prone to fire.

Firefighters and local communities are exposed to risks from wildfire every year, but this year we must also consider the COVID-19 pandemic and take steps to reduce exposure to the disease. Aggressive initial attack will be used wherever possible, including on the Sitting Bull Fire, to extinguish wildfires quickly and minimize the need to bring large numbers of firefighters together.

This will be the last post on the Sitting Bull Fire unless there is a significant change.

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