Dark Canyon Fire Update-August 19, 2020: Containment Jumps to 45%

Size: 3,030 acres

Containment: 45%

Cause: Lightning

Location: 9 miles northwest of Capitan, NM near Dark Canyon

Total Personnel: 25

Lat/Long: 33°40’0.16″N 105°37’42.61″W

Fuel Type: Grass, piñon-juniper, ponderosa pine, dead and down forest debris

Date/Time Detected: 8/4/20 at 4:30 pm

Fire Update: A large interior pocket of unburned fuel on the east side of the fire burned yesterday increasing the total acres to 3,030 on the Dark Canyon Fire. The perimeter of the fire did not increase and is still holding along Road 84, Road 9743, the Forest Service boundary to the north, Road 9745, and the base of Tucson Mountain to the south. Containment of the Dark Canyon Fire is now 45 percent. Crews will shift their focus to the south side of the fire near Carizo Cone where the fire is backing down the steeper terrain but has not made any significant runs in many days. Today crews will be holding and improving control lines along the southern side of the fire. The fire may continue to slowly grow to the south over the coming days but is still within the original suppression strategy area. Interior pockets of fuel may continue to smolder putting up smoke throughout the day. No additional firing operations are planned at this time.

Firefighting Resources: 1 Engine, 1 Type-1 Crew, 1 Bulldozer, plus support personnel.

Smoke: Smoke will be visible from Carrizozo, Capitan, Devil’s Canyon, Highway 380, and Highway 246. Please visit the NM Department of Health’s smoke page at https://nmtracking.org/fire for information on protecting your health on smoky days.

Weather:  Temperatures today will be in the upper 80s with a 20% chance of rain. Humidity levels will be approximately 20% with winds of 5-10 mph.

More Info: Fire updates will occur every other day until no longer needed. The best place for updates is at the Dark Canyon Inciweb Page: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6937/.

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