New Mexico Wildfires Sit Rep | May 23, 2018

STATEWIDE, New Mex. – We are all about covering wildfire news for those that are burning anyplace in the United States to around the Globe.  Here is the sitrep for Wednesday, May 23, 2018, for the State of New Mexico.

GILA NATIONAL FOREST

BUZZARD FIRE | 4 miles north of Eagle Peak Lookout. Catron County.  Reserve Ranger District.  Started May 22, 2018 around 1500  hours.  Smoke may be visible around Eagle Peak area. This is a new start.  An air recon flight confirmed the start. TFR in effect as well as Forest Road 94 has been closed.

Structures threatened are private property, the Continental Divide Trail, North Fork Negrito, Eagle Peak Lookout; Mexican spotted owl critical habitat, narrow-headed garter snake and Chiricahua Leopard frog habitat and range land grazing.

3 Type 6 engines, 3 Type 1 Initial Attack crews, 1 Type 2 IA crews, 1 dozer.  A Type 2 IMT will assume command at 0600 hours on Thursday, May 24, 2018.  Mormon Lake Hotshots were assigned to this incident.  As of yesterday’s sit rep, there were 87 personnel still listed as on the fire line.

Fire has burned 3,000 acres of heavy timber, grasses.  Fire Officials have implemented and are at a Stage 1 Fire Restriction as of May 2, 2018.  Smoke and haziness is expected to show up in Albuquerque. Fire conditions are expected to continue with hot, dry and breezy weather for days to come.

Air quality is expected to deteriorate in parts of the Rio Grande Valley and areas to the southwest. | Credit: NWS Albuquerque

The total cost-to-date is $120,000.

LINCOLN NATIONAL FOREST

2 SMALL FIRES | 2 small fires were detected today on the Sacramento Ranger District Cloudcroft, NM) in the last 24 hours.  Each were .10 acres. Both have been fully contained.  Sacramento RD and Smoke Bear RD are both in State 2 Fire restrictions.

FALL CREEK FIRE | Started May 23, 2018 @ 1045 hours.  Located on the Smoke Bear RD and is in the southwest corner of the White Mountain Wilderness on the back side of Ski Apache and northwest of Ruidoso.

Currently, the fire is .10 acres with a 0% containment status.  Fire fuels include mix conifer.  Cause is unknown.

Fire weather is due to set a bar for a large storm incoming with a tornado warning on its heels.

There are 2 SEATs, 2 AA, 1 type 3 helicopters, 1 Type 1 Hot shot crew.  Firefighters are working in steep and rocky terrain.

KELLAR FIRE | Located northwest of Queen, New Mexico in the Lincoln National Forest on the Guadalupe Ranger District. Started/detected on May 22, 2018 @ 0952 hours.  Lightning caused.

4 acres of pinyon juniper and desert scrub. 0% containment status.  Community of Queen and Sitting Bulls Falls Rec area are currently under direct threat.  Firefighters are under threats of heat and rugged terrain.  Fire burning in the burn scar of the Last Chance Fire of 2011.

2 Engines, 1 hotshot crew assigned to this incident.

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