Able Fire Update, August 24, 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: 2 Type 6-Engines and support personnel

Fuel Type:  Grass, pine and juniper forest

Values at Risk: None

Fire Update: Yesterday, firefighters brought ample water to increase the buffer zone around the Able Fire. This reduces the likelihood that the fire moves towards the fire perimeter. Crews also removed hazards to minimize the potential for burning debris and logs to roll into steep terrain, which can jeopardize firefighter safety. 

Today, the Able Fire transitioned from a Type 4 to a Type 5 Fire with fewer necessary resources as it winds down. Crews will continue to extinguish remaining hot spots within 75 feet of control lines. There are minimal pockets of smoke still showing. The fire is now 60 percent contained. 

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

Smoke and Weather Conditions: No visible smoke. Today’s weather is partly cloudy with a high of 75° F with a 20 percent chance of afternoon showers. Wind speed is variable at 4 to 10 mph. 

More Information: Fire updates will occur every day until no longer needed. 

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

Fire Information Officer: Thomas Schafer. Contact: 575-937-4649 /

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