White Fire Update – April 7, 2011

WHITE FIRE NEWS RELEASE – April 7, 2011 8:00 PM
Light precipitation on Wednesday night was short lived as high winds quickly dried out light fuels early in the day. Firefighters continued patrolling fire lines, identifying hot spots and extended mop up operations as winds gusted in excess of 40 miles per hour.

Many of the fire resources will be sent home on Friday as incident management transitions from the Type 2 New Mexico Incident Management Team (NMIMT) to a local Type 3 organization. NMIMT Incident Commander John Pierson has expressed his gratitude to the Ruidoso area citizens for their hospitality and support during this complex incident.

The Type 3 organization includes a Burned Area Emergency Rehabilitation (BAER) team that is assessing needs for stabilization and rehabilitation in the burned area. Citizens are asked to stay out of the burned area due to hazard potential such as hot stump holes, loose debris or weakened trees that may fall due to gusty winds.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Continued drought like conditions prompted the Lincoln National Forest to implement Stage II Fire Restrictions on Thursday morning.

Acres: 10,341                                         Start Date: April 3, 2011
Cause: Under Investigation                 Location: North of Ruidoso Downs, NM
Containment: 75%                                 Fuels Type: Piñon/Juniper, brush/grass
Terrain: Steep and Rugged                  Resources: 5 Type 1 Crews; 7 Type 2 Crews;
.                                                                                     2 Helicopters; 15 Engines; 6 Dozers
Total Personnel: 475                             Structures: 5 homes lost with numerous outbuildings
Injuries: 3 minor

For specific information on local fire restrictions, visit the Lincoln National Forest website at www.fs.fed.us/R3/Lincoln or call any Forest Service office. Additional information on the White Fire may be obtained by calling the Smokey Bear Ranger District Office at (575) 257-4095. You may also visit http://www.nmfireinfo.com or www.inciweb.org . Residents interested in receiving updates on this and other fires throughout New Mexico can also follow @nmfireinfo on twitter.com.