Able Fire Update, August 21, 2020: Lincoln National Forest, Sacramento Ranger District

Incident Name – Able Fire

Jurisdiction: Lincoln National Forest, Sacramento Ranger District

Size: 8 acres

Cause: Lightning

Date/Time Detected: August 18, 2020

Location: Scott Able Canyon, New Mexico

Lat/Long: Example 32°42’56.0″N 105°43’53.0W”

Firefighting Resources: 1 Type-6 Engine, 1 hand crew and support personnel

Total Personnel: 18

Fuel Type:  Grass, pine and juniper forest

Values at Risk: None

Fire Update: Firefighters took advantage of precipitation and high humidity yesterday, which aided in securing the perimeter of the Abel Fire. Firefighters discovered a one tenth of an acre spot fire outside the northeast corner of the perimeter, and they have constructed new line to encompass the entire fire. The fire has received some moisture, but some interior fuels continue to actively burn. The fire is smoldering and creeping in a mixture of grass, juniper, pine and heavy down and dead fuel with isolated trees torching. The 8-acre Abel Fire is 20% contained.

Fire crews will continue to monitor the fire perimeter for hot spots and remove hazardous snags. Steep terrain and snags are safety concerns for fire personnel. They will also open burning stump holes to encourage a full burn of those fuels.

The USFS asks that the public avoid recreating in this area until further notice.

Smoke and Weather Conditions: Interior burning will continue to produce smoke, likely visible from Timberon. The weather today is mixed cloud-cover and sunshine, with a high of 78° F and winds from the west/northwest of 5-10 mph. A stray rain shower or thunderstorm is possible.

More Info: Fire updates will occur every day until no longer needed. Information is also posted on NM Fire Information:

Please visit the NM Department of Health’s smoke page for information on protecting your health during fires and on smoky days:

PIO:Thomas Schafer, 575-937-4649 

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