Lincoln National Forest -New Fire Start- Bailey Fire Update

Incident Name: Bailey Fire

Jurisdiction: Lincoln National Forest

Size: 0.75

Cause: Under Investigation

Date/Time Detected: 5:20 pm on May 15, 20202

Location: Bailey Canyon:

Lat/Long: 32°58’28.13″N, 105°45’38.89″W

Firefighting Resources: 4 engines, 1 air tanker, 1 hotshot crew

Fuel Type:  Ponderosa pine and slash

Values at Risk: Powerlines

Fire Update: Forest Service fire personnel resources quickly responded to a smoke report at 5:20 pm on May 15, 2020. Upon arrival, they discovered a 0.75 fire burning in Bailey Canyon about 2.5 miles from Cloudcroft.  There are no structures threatened at this time. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Smoke is visible from Highway 82.  Resources currently assigned to the fire include four engines, one air tanker, and one hotshot crew. The fire is burning in ponderosa pine and slash (aka dead woody debris).

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 fuels being more prone to burn.

More information will be released as it becomes available. You can expect another Bailey Fire update on Saturday mid-morning.

Smoke Conditions: Smoke is visible from Highway 82. Please visit the NM Department of Health’s smoke page for information on protecting your health during fires and on smoky days:  https://nmtracking.org/fire.

Closures and Evacuations: None

PIO: Laura Rabon, 505-681-2837 laura.rabon@usda.gov

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