Overflow Fire Update 4/9/22

Quiet weather conditions overnight helped firefighting crews hold the Overflow Fire, near Roswell, New Mexico to 1,900 acres. Today, the crews are focused on increasing containment, which is at 50 percent. There is still heat and individual torching within the interior boundary. Smoke will be visible to the public as fuels continue to be consumed. Fire crews continue to mop up with goal of a 20-foot-wide secured line around the perimeter by the end of the burn period today. The southern end of the Overflow Fire is bordered by the wetlands and is now in monitor status in that location. 

Resources on the fire remain at six engines, two hot shot crews, and one bulldozer. Air support resources remain on standby.  

Several powerlines in the area were damaged due to the fire in the area. The lines are not currently charged. The electric company will work on restoring the damaged lines throughout the day. Residents may notice additional traffic due to fire crews and electric companies responding to events in the area. 

A Red Flag Warning has been issued for southeastern New Mexico due to expected high winds and low relative humidities. Sunday’s weather forecast is currently for stronger winds, lower humidity, and a continuing red flag warning. Fire crews are aware of this circumstance. 

Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) website can provide air quality information and protect your health. 

Fire update information will be posted on New Mexico Fire Information at www.nmfireinfo.com and Inciweb at www.Inciweb.nwcg.gov websites. 

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