East Well Fire 73% Contained – Socorro County – 08/31/20

The East Well Fire located on state land near Claunch, NM in Socorro County is estimated at 634 acres and 73% contained. No structures are threatened. Firefighters will continue to monitor and mop-up hot spots. Due to successful fire operations, additional resources will be demobilized over the next few days. Fire behavior is minimal with little to no smoke showing. Individuals who are sensitive to wildfire smoke should still take precautions and use the New Mexico Department of Health 5-3-1 Visibility Method to determine if it’s safe to be outside. Learn more at https://nmtracking.org/environment/air/FireAndSmoke.html.

Incident Name: East Well Fire

Start Date & Time: August 20, 2020 – 2324 hrs

Start Location: Claunch, NM, Socorro County, 20 miles south of Mountainair, NM

Latitude:  34° 14′ 2.47″ N

Longitude:  106° 15′ 9.37″

Cause of Fire:  Lightning

Area Vegetation: Pinon, juniper, grass

Estimated Acres Burned: 634

Ownership(s):  State

Structures Threatened: NO

Structures Burned:  NO

Evacuations: NO

Wendy Mason
Wildfire Prevention & Communications Coordinator
EMNRD Forestry Division

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