Nogal Fire Update, April 16, 10:11 AM

Nogal Canyon Fire – Saturday, April 16, 2022 Daily Update

Acres: 433
Cause: Downed power lines
Containment: 4%
Start Date: April 12, 2022
Personnel : 90
Location/Origin: Nogal Canyon, west of Capitan
Fuels: Ponderosa pine, pinon and juniper, grasses
Structures burned: 6 primary, 8 outbuildings

Highlights: A Virtual Public Meeting on Facebook is scheduled for tonight at 6 p.m. Questions can be submitted in advance by email or through Facebook messaging. Starting today, we will no longer provide an evening update in this format. Any notable activity will be posted on Facebook and InciWeb.

Operations: Today, hand crews and engines will patrol and mop up heat sources around the fire perimeter and around structures. Crews are working around Pfingsten Ranch and outlying areas to identify and provide point protection to threatened structures. Lighter winds this morning will enable helicopters to assist with extinguishing hotspots along the eastern edge of the fire. Scouting for and constructing fire line along the fire’s edge is ongoing.

Evacuations: Pre-evac remains in effect for the Loma Grande Area: South of Nogal Canyon from Pfingsten Road to Crockett Canyon Trail and from Crockett Canyon Trail west to Nogal Canyon Road. All of Nogal Canyon remains in evacuation status. As soon as it is safe for the public to re-enter the fire area, a notification will be made.

Lincoln County Mercantile is offering to help owners of animals that are being housed at the Capitan Fairgrounds, due to evacuations. Contact the manager at 575-354-4260.

A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place: Wildfires are a NO Drone Zone. Flying recreational and media drones within a TFR is illegal and endangers aircraft working on the fire. Drones found in the fire area will result in fire aviation operations being suspended until the area is cleared. If you see drones in the fire area, please report it immediately to law enforcement and the Incident Management Team. If You Fly, We Can’t!

Restrictions/Closures: Nogal Canyon remains closed. Please respect the restrictions and closures in place. Violations impede firefighter response and delay suppression activities. Anyone driving in the area should slow down and turn on headlights for visibility

Weather: Clouds will build to mostly cloudy today, clearing this evening; humidity 7-10%, temperatures in the 70s, SW winds 7-15 mph

Smoke: Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measure.

Fire Information: Public Phone Line 505-356-2636 Media Phone Line 505-445-8278 Phone Lines open 8am-8pm
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