Able Fire Update, August 22, 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°43’53.0″W

Firefighting Resources: 1 Type-6 Engine, 1 Hand Crew and Fire Support

Fuel Type:  grass, pine and juniper forest

Values at Risk: None

Fire Update: The Able Fire received periodic moisture last night, and today firefighters are patrolling the perimeter of the fire to see if any hot spots have carried fire outside the fireline. Crews are eliminating interior, unburned fuels that may threaten the line.

The fire is 30 percent contained. It is smoldering and creeping in a mixture of grass, juniper and pine forest. Steep terrain and snags continue to be a safety concern for fireline personnel. Snags which pose risk to firefighter safety will be removed. The Forest Service asks that the public avoid recreating in this area until further notice.

Smoke and Weather Conditions: Piles burning in the interior will produce visual smoke. The weather today is sunny with a high of 81° F and winds east northeast at 9 mph. There is a 60% chance of thunderstorms in localized areas this afternoon.

More Information: 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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