New Start- Lincoln National Forest- Smokey Bear Ranger District

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 fire, which has not been named yet, 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. 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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