New Fire Start on the Smokey Bear Ranger District, Lincoln National Forest

Smoke from the Blue Fire, March 3, 2022.

Incident NameThe Blue Fire

Jurisdiction: Lincoln National Forest, Smokey Bear Ranger District         

Size: 2 acres

Cause: Unknown, Under Investigation

Date/Time Detected: March 3, 2022 at 4:30 pm

Location: Off Forest Service 120A road northeast of Ruidoso.

Firefighting Resources: 2 engines, 1 hotshot crew and county firefighters

Evacuations: None

Values at Risk: Private land and homes are approximately ½ mile from the fire, although no structures are threatened at this time.

Vegetation Type: Grass and pinon-juniper

Fire Update: Two engines and 1 hotshot crew are responding to the Blue Fire, off the 120A road approximately 2 miles northeast of Ruidoso, New Mexico. Forward progress of the fire has been stopped at 2 acres. Firefighters will work to put out hotspots into the evening. The fire is creating visible smoke in the area and is burning in grass and pinon-juniper trees.

Please visit the NM Department of Health’s smoke page for information on protecting your health during fires and on smoky days:  https://nmtracking.org/fire.

This will be the first and last post for the Blue Fire unless there are significant changes.

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