New Start – Tortolita Fire – Lincoln National Forest Smokey Bear Ranger District

Incident Name – Tortolita Fire

Jurisdiction: Lincoln National Forest, Smokey Bear Ranger District

Size: Approximately 5 acres

Cause: Unknown

Date/Time Detected: 6/7/2020 3:45 pm

Location: Approximately 2 miles southwest of Nogal, NM. Between Church Mountain and Nogal Peak.

Lat/Long: 33°32’7.37″N, 105°43’57.71″W

Firefighting Resources: 1 engine plus support personnel, 1 helicopter, county and state resources, 2 single-engine airtankers. 1 smokejumper crew has been ordered.

Fuel Type:  Pine, Pinyon-Juniper, Brush

Values at Risk: Private land, and at least 1 structure. Two structures burned.

Fire Update: Crews immediately responded to a smoke report on the Smokey Bear Ranger District of the Lincoln National Forest. When crews arrived on scene, they discovered the Tortolita Fire burning north of Nogal Peak between Nogal Peak and Church Mountain, approximately two miles southwest of Nogal, NM. The fire is not in the White Mountain Wilderness. The Tortolita Fire is estimated to be five acres and is burning in an area with pine trees, pinyon-juniper and brush. One engine plus support personnel, one helicopter, county and state resources and two single-engine airtankers are currently assigned to the fire. One smokejumper crew has been ordered. Two structures have sustained fire damage, additional structures are at risk.

Smoke is visible from Nogal, Highway 37, Nogal Canyon Road and surrounding communities.

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.

More information will be released as it becomes available.

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

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