Spring Fire Contained: Final Update

This will be the final update for the Spring Fire unless there is a significant change.

Jurisdiction: State/Private and Lincoln National Forest
Size: 17 acres
Cause: Human Caused: Structure Fire spread to National Forest lands.
Date/Time Detected: 8:30 pm Feb. 5, 2021
Location: Near Hay Canyon Rd and Agua Chiquita Rd (near Sacramento, NM)
Firefighting Resources: 2 Type-6 engines, numerous volunteer fire departments, 1 bulldozer, water tenders, miscellaneous personnel.
Fuel Type:  Ponderosa pine, grasses
Structures Burned: 1

Fire Update: The Spring Fire remains at 17 acres thanks to the efforts of local and federal firefighters who worked through the night to complete fire line around the fire perimeter. Smoke may still be visible from the nearby communities of Sacramento and Weed as sections inside the fire perimeter, sometimes referred to as interior pockets, continue to slowly burn; however, lines surrounding the fire continue to hold. Additional resources and equipment  including a bull dozer and water tenders, arrived today to aid in further securing the fire line and in mop-up operations. Tomorrow crews will continue to mop-up, monitor and secure the perimeter of the fire.

Fire during active burning on Feb 5, 2021 and the following morning on Feb 6, 2021.

Fire Season 2021

With most of New Mexico in extreme drought, the 2021 fire season has the potential to begin early, as we have just seen. Now is a good time to start thinking about what you can do to be ready in case of an emergency. Start learning about living with wildfire and the Ready, Set, Go! evacuation principles.

Before February ends, make a resolution to:

  • Remove dead branches, pine needles and excess vegetation from at least 5 feet around your home.
  • Develop an emergency plan: choose a safe place to meet, learn evacuation routes, and establish an out-of-town contact.
  • Snap photos of important documents and save them in a secure place or online.
  • Set up group text lists so you can communicate with friends and family during emergencies.
  • Keep and update emergency supplies, including cash.
  • Have back-up power sources available to charge devices in case of a power outage.
  • Check your insurance for coverage on disasters like wildfire and floods. Snap pictures of your property for insurance purposes.
  • Sign up for emergency alerts and warnings. Download the FEMA app or check with your city or county government to see if they have an alert and notification system in place.

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