Nogal Fire – Lincoln County, Evening Update – April 12, 2022 (updated Lat/Long 4.14.22)

The Nogal Canyon Fire, located on private and federal land 8 miles east of Capitan in Lincoln County, is estimated at 350 acres and 0% contained. Evacuations remain in place for residents of Nogal Canyon up to NM Highway 37. The Pecos Type 3 Incident Management Team has been ordered for this fire. The fire is burning on both sides of Nogal Canyon. Multiple structures have been lost, including homes, and many more remain threatened. A power line started the fire at the top of Nogal Canyon at approximately 1:20 p.m. Strong wind gusts drove the fire for much of the day causing it to jump Highway 37 and start several spot fires. Multiple resources with the Forestry Division, Lincoln County, USFS, and local volunteer fire departments will work through the night to secure a containment line around the fire.

Evacuations: An evacuation center is set up at Carrizozo Schools, 800 D Ave in Carrizozo.

Livestock: The Capitan Fairgrounds is accepting livestock at 101 5th St, Capitan.

Weather: Wind gusts were reported as high as 90 miles per hour at 3:30 this afternoon. Tonight (04/12), winds are steady at 23 mph with gusts to 50 mph.

Start Date & Time: April 12, 2022, 1325 pm
Start Location: Pennsylvania Canyon, East of the Crest Trailhead

Latitude: 33.5115 (updated)

Longitude: W -105.7476 (updated)

Cause of Fire:  Power lines

Area Vegetation: Grass, Pinon Juniper, and Ponderosa Pine

Estimated Acres Burned: 350

Ownership(s): Private and USFS

Structures Threatened: Yes

Structures Burned: Yes

Evacuations: Yes

Wendy Mason
Wildfire Prevention & Communications Coordinator
Energy, Minerals & Natural Resources Dept. (EMNRD)

Forestry Division

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