East Mountain Fire- Lincoln National Forest- Smokey Bear Ranger District

This is an update to the post made earlier this evening about the new fire start on the Smokey Bear Ranger District. In order to get information out to the public as quickly as possible, the fire had not been named yet at the time of the post. We now have an official name of the fire: The East Mountain Fire. New information is bolded below. 

Incident Name: East Mountain Fire 

Jurisdiction: US Forest Service, Smokey Bear Ranger District

Size: Approximately 2 acres

Cause: Lightning     

Date Detected: June 2, 2020

Location: Capitan Mountain Wilderness Area on the south side of the mountain.

Fuel Type:  Burning in dead and down trees remaining from the Pepin Fire in 2004.

Values at Risk: No values at risk have been identified at this time

Fire Update: A new fire start has been identified on the Smokey Bear Ranger District on the Lincoln National Forest. The East Mountain Fire, was detected this afternoon, June 2, 2020. Fire personnel are currently assessing the fire, which is burning in a remote and rugged part of the Capitan Mountains in the wilderness area on the south side of the mountain. Aircraft has also been assigned to the fire. The fire is approximately 2 acres and is consuming dead and down trees that remained on the ground after the Pepin Fire in 2004. Smoke is visible from Highway 220, Airport Rd. and surrounding communities. More information will be posted as it becomes available. Another update on the fire will be posted tomorrow midmorning.

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.

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