Park – Lincoln County – Update #1 

The Park fire continues to burn south of Hondo, in Lincoln County, and is at zero percent containment with an acreage of 3000. It is burning through grass and pinyon/juniper fuels.  

State, federal, local and tribal agencies responded after the fire’s discovery Wednesday, May 3 at 11 a.m. Arroyos presented topographical issues with containment, but the relative humidity increase in the evening provided a boon to firefighters.  

Today, crews continue to work on containment edges. Burnouts along the Mescalero fence line have kept the fire from progressing onto reservation land. An air tanker has been able to effectively check the spread with retardant once fire activity picked up on the southeast side. Winds are gusting from the southwest at 23 mph, with a predicted rise to 30 mph later in the day. Temperatures continue to rise, and relative humidity continues to fall. No structures have been lost and none are currently threatened.  

Start Date & Time: 05/03/2023 @ 1100 
Start Location: South of Hondo, East of Mescalero Reservation boundary. 

Latitude: 33.29695 
Longitude: -105.3009 
Cause of Fire:  Lightning 

Area Vegetation: grass, pinyon/juniper 
Estimated Acres Burned: 3000 

Ownership(s): Private/ near Mescalero boundary 
Structures Threatened: No 
Structures Burned: No  
Evacuations: No  


George Ducker 

Communications Coordinator 

New Mexico State Forestry Division – EMNRD 

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