Lincoln National Forest-Bailey Fire Update-5/16/2020

Incident Name: Bailey Fire

Jurisdiction: Lincoln National Forest, Sacramento Ranger District

Size: 0.75

Cause: Under Investigation

Date/Time Detected: 5:20 pm on May 15, 2020

Location: Bailey Canyon

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

Firefighting Resources: 3 engines, 1 hotshot crew

Fuel Type:  Ponderosa pine and slash

Containment: 90%

Fire Update for 5/16/2020: 

This will be the last update for the Bailey Fire unless there is a significant change.

Fire lines around the perimeter of the blaze held through the night. Fire crews will continue to extinguish any residual hot spots on the Bailey Fire, which is now 90 percent contained. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Fire personnel quickly responded to a smoke report at 5:20 pm on May 15, 2020, in the Bailey Canyon area. Upon arrival, they discovered a 0.75 fire burning in Bailey Canyon about 2.5 miles from Cloudcroft. Fire crews worked into the night to build fire lines around the fire and an air tanker dropped fire retardant to aid containment. No structures were lost in the fire and no evacuations were ordered.  Resources currently assigned to the fire include three engines and one hotshot crew.

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. The fire danger rating on the Lincoln National Forest is high.

Smoke Conditions: Smoke may be 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:

Closures and Evacuations: None

PIO: Laura Rabon, 505-681-2837

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