East Mountain Fire Final Update 6/5/2020- Lincoln National Forest- Smokey Bear Ranger District

Incident Name: East Mountain Fire 

Jurisdiction: Lincoln National Forest, Smokey Bear Ranger District

Size: 5.7 acres

Cause: Lightning     

Date Detected: June 2, 2020

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

Fuel Type:  Pinyon-Juniper, dead and down trees remaining from the Peppin Fire in 2004.

Values at Risk: Private Land

Percent Contained: 50%

Fire Update 6/5/20: The East Mountain Fire burning on the south side of the Capitan Mountains near Bills Canyon is 5.7 acres and 50 percent contained. Crews will continue to monitor the fire throughout the weekend and reinforce the fire line surrounding the fire if needed. Smoke may be visible from Highway 220, Airport Road, and surrounding communities today and into the weekend.

The East Mountain Fire was started by lightning, however, the Lincoln National Forest would like to remind all visitors of the fire restrictions still in place. Igniting, building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire is prohibited.

Violating the campfire restriction may result in an appearance in federal court, fines, and possible time in jail. Forest visitors are still allowed to use pressurized liquid or gas devices (stoves, grills, or lanterns) with shut-off valves, in an area at least three feet from any flammable materials. While these restrictions are in place, the Lincoln National Forest remains open for a variety of recreation opportunities.

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

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