Lincoln National Forest: New Fire Start NW of Capitan, NM

New Fire Start Outlaw Fire. Firefighters on scene.

Firefighters are on the scene of the Outlaw Fire approximately 4 miles southeast of White Oaks, NM and 10 miles northwest of Capitan, NM. The lightning-caused fire was detected during a routine flyover by an airplane known to the firefighting community as an air attack aircraft earlier today. Upon arrival on the ground, firefighters discovered a 2.5 acre fire burning in dead and down woody debris on the forest floor. There are no immediate values at risk in this remote part of the forest. This is a full suppression fire, meaning firefighters will work to control the fire as quickly as is safely possible.

Smoke may be visible from White Oaks, Capitan and surrounding roadways.

More information will be released as it becomes available. You can expect another update this evening.

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