Mayhill Fire Update

Sunday, May 22, 2011 A.M.
Incident base camp for the Mayhill Fire will be completely demobilized today.

NOTE: Fire management personnel and firefighting resources will remain assigned to the fire for several weeks to monitor and patrol the area. Containment remains at 98% until further notice. The Incident Commander and fire management personnel on the Lincoln National Forest remain cautious due to the extreme fire conditions present at this time.

Mayhill Fire Map

Friday, May 20, 2011 P.M.
Summary: Containment lines continue to hold well. Engine crews will be monitoring and patrolling the fire area for several weeks. Demobilization of the equipment and supplies comprising the incident base camp began today and will be completed this weekend. Seven engines will remain assigned to the fire, along with other fire management personnel.

Management of the Mayhill Fire will transition from the Type 3 IMT to a Type 4 organization at 0600 on Tuesday, May 24th. Kevin Smith will remain as the Incident Commander for the Type 4 organization.

Pockets of unburned areas within the interior of the Mayhill Fire will continue to smoke and smolder. Residents and visitors can expect to see smoke for several weeks due to smoldering fuels such as large logs and dead debris piles.

Note: No delays or closures of US Highway 82 are planned or anticipated for Mayhill Fire operations.

Location: The Mayhill Fire ignited 2 miles west of Mayhill, NM on May 9, 2011. The fire burned on lands under the jurisdiction of the Lincoln National Forest, New Mexico State Forestry, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), and Bureau of Land Management (BLM), as well as private land in Otero and Chaves counties.

Fire Started: May 9, 2011                                                     Cause: Under Investigation
Containment: 98 percent                                                       Acres: 31,861

Resources: Approximately 108 personnel are currently assigned to the fire. Resources from the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, New Mexico State Forestry, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and area volunteer fire departments are assisting with firefighting operations.

Closures: The Closure Order on the Lincoln National Forest went into effect at 8:00 a.m. on 5/12/11. The closure affects ALL public lands under the jurisdiction and within the proclomated boundaries of the Lincoln National Forest, New Mexico. Due to the Closure Order in effect on the Lincoln National Forest, travel on Carr Gap Road and Sixteen Springs Road are open only to residents of that area.

Open Burning Restrictions are also in effect on State and Private Lands throughout New Mexico. For more information on fire restriction please visit www.fs.usda.gov/lincoln. Further information regarding the Mayhill Fire please visit www.nmfireinfo.com or www.inciweb.org.

NOTE: This will be the FINAL Mayhill Fire news release from the Type 3 Incident Management Team.

Thursday, May 19, 2011 P.M.                   Mayhill Fire Information: 575.687.3494
Summary: Containment lines are holding well. Crews continue to work on rehabilitation of dozer lines, which will be completed by Friday, as well as monitoring and patrolling the fire area.
Pockets of unburned areas within the interior of the Mayhill Fire will continue to smoke and smolder. Residents and visitors can expect to see smoke for several weeks due to smoldering fuels such as large logs and dead debris piles.

Demobilization of some resources will begin tomorrow. However, one Type 1 crew, two Type 2 crews, twelve engines and one dozer will remain assigned to the fire area for Friday.

Note: No delays or closures of US Highway 82 are planned or anticipated for Mayhill Fire operations. Fire traffic may be congested on US Highway 82 and in the Sixteen Springs and Carr Gap Road areas over the next few days due to demobilization of fire crews and equipment. Please drive with caution.

Location: The Mayhill Fire ignited 2 miles west of Mayhill, NM on May 9, 2011. The fire burned on lands under the jurisdiction of the Lincoln National Forest, New Mexico State Forestry, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), and Bureau of Land Management (BLM), as well as private land in Otero and Chaves counties.

Fire Started: May 9, 2011                                                  Cause: Under Investigation
Containment: 98 percent                                                    Acres: 31,861
Estimated Containment Date: May 21, 2011

Resources: A total of 145 personnel including are currently assigned to the fire. Resources from the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, New Mexico State Forestry, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and area volunteer fire departments are assisting with firefighting operations.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011, P.M.              Mayhill Fire Information: 575.687.3494
Summary: Containment lines are holding well, despite the heavy winds on Tuesday and Wednesday. Crews extinguished a few flare-ups today inside the perimeter due to the winds. Mop-up is completed around the entire perimeter of the fire, from the containment line to approximately 200 feet into the interior. Crews will continue searching out and extinguishing hot spots. Rehabilitation of dozer lines will be completed by Friday.

A transition from the New Mexico Type 2 Incident Management Team (IMT) to a Type 3 IMT took place yesterday. The Incident Command Post will remain in the same area near mile marker 32 on US Hwy 82 until further notice.

Pockets of unburned areas within the interior of the Mayhill Fire will continue to burn with low to moderate intensity, especially with the higher winds. Residents and visitors can expect to see smoke for several weeks due to smoldering fuels such as large logs and dead debris piles.

Note: No delays or closures of US Highway 82 are planned or anticipated for Mayhill Fire operations. Fire traffic may be congested on US Highway 82 and in the Sixteen Springs and Carr Gap Road areas over the next few days due to demobilization of fire crews and equipment. Please drive with caution.

Location: The Mayhill Fire ignited 2 miles west of Mayhill, NM on May 9, 2011. The fire burned on lands under the jurisdiction of the Lincoln National Forest, New Mexico State Forestry, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), and Bureau of Land Management (BLM), as well as private land in Otero and Chaves counties.

Fire Started: May 9, 2011                                                     Cause: Under Investigation
Containment: 98 percent                                                       Acres: 31,861
Estimated Containment Date: May19, 2011

Resources: A total of 145 personnel including one Type 1 crew, three Type 2 crews, eleven engines, and two dozers are currently assigned to the fire. Resources from the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, New Mexico State Forestry, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and area volunteer fire departments are assisting with firefighting operations.

Tuesday May 17, 2011, A.M.                      Mayhill Fire Information: 575.687.3494
Summary: Crews and fire personnel have completed mop-up around most of the perimeter of the fire, including the Mayhill and Sixteen Springs areas. Mop-up should be completed on the rest of the fire perimeter and in the Carr Gap Road area today. Crews will continue searching out and extinguishing hot spots, rehabilitating dozer lines and building water bars for erosion mitigation.

A Red Flag warning has been issued for today. Winds are predicted to be 20-25 mph with gusts to 40 mph beginning in the early afternoon, with relative humidity decreasing to around 9-13%. Extreme fire conditions are expected to continue into Wednesday with 30-40 mph winds and gusts of 55-60 mph.

A transition from the New Mexico Type 2 Incident Management Team (IMT) to a Type 3 IMT will take place today at 6:00 p.m. While fire personnel will be scaled down as part of this transition, ample resources are being maintained and will be strategically assigned to the fire area in anticipation of the winds and extreme fire conditions that are predicted for the next few days. The Incident Command Post will remain in the same area near mile marker 32 on US Hwy 82 until further notice.

Pockets of unburned areas within the interior of the Mayhill Fire will continue to burn with low to moderate intensity, especially with the higher winds. Residents and visitors can expect to see smoke for the next few days, and even for several weeks due to smoldering fuels such as large logs and dead debris piles.

Note: No delays or closures of US Highway 82 are planned or anticipated for Mayhill Fire operations. Fire traffic may be congested on US Highway 82 and in the Sixteen Springs and Carr Gap Road areas over the next few days due to demobilization of fire crews and equipment. Please drive with caution.

Detected: May 9, 2011                                                       Cause: Under Investigation
Containment: 95 percent                                                   Acres: 31,861
Estimated Containment Date: May17, 2011

Location: The Mayhill Fire ignited 2 miles west of Mayhill, NM on May 9, 2011. The fire burned on lands under the jurisdiction of the Lincoln National Forest, New Mexico State Forestry, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), and Bureau of Land Management (BLM), as well as private land in Otero and Chaves counties.

Resources: 368 personnel are currently assigned to the fire. Resources from the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and New Mexico State Forestry, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and area volunteer fire departments are assisting with firefighting operations.

Monday May 16, 2011, A.M.                       Mayhill Fire Information: 575.687.3494
Summary: Fire crews will continue mop up operations searching out and extinguishing hot spots approximately 200 feet from perimeter into the interior in all divisions and securing line around the edges of the fire area. They will also be rehabilitating dozer lines and building water bars for erosion mitigation.
Pockets of unburned fuel within the interior of the Mayhill Fire will continue to burn with low to moderate intensity. Residents and visitors can expect continued smoke for several weeks due to smoldering of interior pockets of fuels such as large logs and dead debris piles.

Today, temperatures will increase with stronger forecasted winds from the southwest at 10-15 mph and gusts to 30 mph testing contingency lines. A red flag warning will be in effect Tuesday through Thursday with Wednesday being the most critical day as wind speeds are expected to reach 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph.

Fire personnel expect containment lines will hold as they continue to monitor, mop up, and secure edges of the fire perimeter.

Note: US Highway 82 is open with no delays. Fire traffic may be congested on US Highway 82, 16 Springs and Carr Gap Road areas over the next few days due to demobilization of fire crews and equipment. Please drive with caution. Please note: Due to forest closure Carr Gap Road and 16 Springs Road are open only to residents of that area.

Detected: May 9, 2011                                                   Cause: Under Investigation
Containment: 85 percent                                               Acres: 31,861
Estimated Containment Date: May17, 2011

Location: The Mayhill Fire ignited 2 miles west of Mayhill, NM on May 9, 2011 and is located on lands under the jurisdiction of the Lincoln National Forest, New Mexico State Forestry, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), and Bureau of Land Management (BLM), as well as private land in Otero County and Chaves County.

Resources: 481personnel are currently assigned to the fire with demobilization of some resources continuing the next couple of days. Transition to a smaller Type 3 Incident Management Organization is planned for Wednesday. The Incident Command Post will remain in the same area near mile marker 32 on US Hwy 82 until further notice. Resources from the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and New Mexico State Forestry, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and area volunteer fire departments are assisting with firefighting operations.

Sunday May 15, 2011, 10:00 P.M.            Mayhill Fire Information: 575.687.3494
Summary: Fire crews continue mop up operations approximately 200 feet from perimeter to interior in all divisions securing line around the edges of the fire area and conducting rehab on dozer lines building water bars for erosion mitigation.
Pockets of unburned fuel within the interior of the Mayhill Fire will continue to burn with low to moderate intensity. Residents and visitors can expect to continue to see smoke for several weeks due to smoldering of interior pockets of fuels such as large logs and dead debris piles.

Temperatures will begin to increase tomorrow with stronger forecasted winds from the southwest at 10-15 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Tuesday a red flag warning will be in effect through Thursday, Wednesday being the most critical day, with wind speeds of up to 40 mph and gusts up to 60 mph.

Fire personnel expect containment lines will hold as they continue to monitor, mop up, and secure edges of the fire perimeter.

Note: US Highway 82 is open with no delays. Heavy traffic will be congested on US Highway 82 over the next few days due to demobilization of fire crews and equipment. Please drive with caution.

Location: The Mayhill Fire ignited 2 miles west of Mayhill, NM on May 9, 2011 and is located on lands under the jurisdiction of the Lincoln National Forest, New Mexico State Forestry, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), and Bureau of Land Management (BLM), as well as private land in Otero County and Chaves County.

Detected: May 9, 2011                                                Cause: Under Investigation
Containment: 85 percent                                            Acres: 31,861
Estimated Containment Date: May 17, 2011

Resources: 481 personnel are currently assigned to the fire with demobilization of some resources continuing the next couple of days. Transition to a smaller Type 3 Incident Management Organization is planned for Wednesday. The Incident Command Post will remain in same area until further notice. Resources from the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and New Mexico State Forestry, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and area volunteer fire departments are assisting with firefighting operations.

Sunday May 15, 2011, 10:00 A.M.           Mayhill Fire Information: 575.687.3494
Summary: Firefighters made good progress on the fire yesterday. Crews will continue mop up approximately 200 feet from perimeter to interior in all divisions securing line around the perimeter of the fire. Fire crews will begin to rehab dozer lines today building water bars for erosion mitigation. Note: Fire growth was minimal yesterday. Increase in acreage is due to more accurate mapping.
Pockets of unburned fuel within the interior of the Mayhill Fire will continue to burn with low to moderate intensity. Residents and visitors can expect to continue to see smoke for several weeks due to smoldering of interior pockets of fuels such as large logs and dead debris piles.

Today, forecasted winds will be from the south to southeast with gusts of up to 20 mph. A fire weather watch is expected beginning Monday and stronger winds with gusts of up to 60 mph predicted for Tuesday. Fire personnel expect containment lines will hold as they continue to mop up, monitor and secure edges of the fire perimeter. Fire personnel will closely monitor and patrol the Mayhill Fire.

Location: The Mayhill Fire ignited 2 miles west of Mayhill, NM on May 9, 2011 and is located on lands under the jurisdiction of the Lincoln National Forest, New Mexico State Forestry, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), and Bureau of Land Management (BLM), as well as private land in Otero County and Chaves County.

Detected: May 9, 2011                                                      Cause: Under Investigation
Containment: 75 percent                                                  Acres: 31,861
Estimated Containment Date: May 17, 2011

Resources: 540 personnel are currently assigned to the fire. Demobilization of some resources will begin today. Resources from the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, New Mexico State Forestry, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and area volunteer fire departments are assisting with firefighting operations.

Saturday May 14, 2011, 10:00 P.M.        Mayhill Fire Information: 575.687.3494
Summary: Firefighters made good progress on the fire today. Crews continue to mop up 3-chains deep in all divisions to create a solid black line around the perimeter. Division B, approximately 4-miles northeast of Mayhill, will experience visible smoke for several weeks due to heavy fuels smoldering such as large logs and dead debris piles within the old Walker Fire area. Fire crews will begin to rehab dozer lines tomorrow. Pockets of unburned fuel within the interior of the Mayhill Fire continue to burn with low to moderate intensity.
Firefighters were also successful in conducting burnout operations in Division C north of 16 Springs and east of Carr Gap Road today. The burn was tied into an old fire securing the perimeter and will be patrolled. Residents and visitors can expect to continue to see smoke in this area for the next few days.

On Sunday, forecasted winds will be from the south to southeast with gusts of up to 20 mph. Fire personnel expect containment lines will hold as they continue to mop up, monitor and secure edges of fire perimeter. Air tanker and helicopter support will be available if needed.

Location: The Mayhill Fire ignited 2 miles west of Mayhill, NM and is burning on lands under the jurisdiction of the Lincoln National Forest, New Mexico State Forestry, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), and Bureau of Land Management (BLM), as well as private land in Otero County and Chaves County. The fire is burning in steep, rugged terrain.

Detected: May 9, 2011 Cause: Under Investigation
Containment: 75 percent Acres: 31,861 (acreage reduction
Estimated Containment Date: May 17, 2011 due to more accurate mapping)

Resources: 540 personnel are currently assigned to the fire. Resources from the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, New Mexico State Forestry, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and area volunteer fire departments are assisting with firefighting operations.

Saturday May 14, 2011, 8:00 AM.           Mayhill Fire Information: 575.687.3494
Summary: Firefighters made good progress on the fire yesterday. Hand line was tied in with dozer lines along the perimeter northeast of 16 Springs Road. Dozer and hand lines are holding well. Pockets of unburned fuel within the interior of the Mayhill Fire continue to burn with low to moderate intensity.
Firefighters were also successful in conducting burnout operations along US Hwy 82 east of Mayhill and east of Carr Gap Road over the last two days, keeping the fire from progressing south where communities and infrastructure could be affected. Residents and visitors can expect to continue to see smoke in this area for the next few days. Firefighters will be cold trailing (searching out and extinguishing hotspots, if any) along US Hwy 82 throughout the day. Burnout operations along US Hwy 82 were completed yesterday and no road closures are expected for today along US Hwy 82.

On Saturday, winds from the south to southeast with gusts of up to 30 mph are forecasted, which are likely to increase fire behavior on the northern perimeter of the Mayhill Fire.

Advisory: Smoke inversion may be visible in valleys during early morning or afternoon hours. Burnout operations will be conducted as necessary east of Carr Gap Road and north of 16 Springs Road. No additional burnout operations are planned for the perimeter of the fire along US Hwy 82. Increased traffic should be expected on US Hwy 82 and along the fire perimeter due to fire personnel and weekend public travel for the duration of the Mayhill Fire.

Location: The Mayhill Fire ignited 2 miles west of Mayhill, NM and is burning on lands under the jurisdiction of the Lincoln National Forest, New Mexico State Forestry, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), and Bureau of Land Management (BLM), as well as private land in Otero County and Chaves County. The fire is burning in steep, rugged terrain.

Detected: May 9, 2011                                                    Cause: Under Investigation
Containment: 50 percent                                                Acres: 30,500 (acreage reduction
Estimated Containment Date: May 17, 2011                            due to more accurate mapping)

Resources: 537 personnel are currently assigned to the fire. Resources from the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, New Mexico State Forestry, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and area volunteer fire departments are assisting with firefighting operations.

Friday May 13, 2011, 9:00 PM.              Mayhill Fire Information: 575.687.3494
Summary: Firefighters made good progress on the fire today. Hand line was tied in with dozer lines along the perimeter north of Sixteen Springs Road. Dozer and hand lines are holding well. Pockets of unburned fuel within the interior of the Mayhill Fire continue to burn with low to moderate intensity.
Firefighters were also successful in conducting burnout operations along US Hwy 82 east of Mayhill and east of Carr Gap Road over the last two days, keeping the fire from progressing south where communities and infrastructure could be affected. Residents and visitors can expect to continue to see smoke in this area for the next few days. Firefighters will be cold trailing (searching out and extinguishing hotspots, if any) along US Hwy 82 through midnight tonight and again tomorrow.

On Saturday, winds from the south with gusts of up to 30 mph are forecasted, which are likely to increase fire behavior on the northern perimeter of the Mayhill Fire.

Advisory: Smoke inversion may be visible in valleys during early morning or afternoon hours. Burnout operations will be conducted as necessary east of Carr Gap Road. No burnout operations are planned for the perimeter of the fire north of US Hwy 82. Increased traffic should be expected on US Hwy 82 and along the fire perimeter due to fire personnel and weekend public travel for the duration of the Mayhill Fire.

Notice: The Mayhill Incident Command Post (ICP) is located at mile marker 32 on US Hwy. 82, two miles west of Mayhill, NM.

Location: The Mayhill Fire ignited 2 miles west of Mayhill, NM and is burning on lands under the jurisdiction of Lincoln National Forest, New Mexico State Forestry, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), and Bureau of Land Management (BLM), as well as private land in Otero County and Chaves County. The fire is burning in steep, rugged terrain.

Detected: May 9, 2011                                                          Cause: Under Investigation
Containment: 50 percent                                                      Acres: 30,717
Estimated Containment Date: May 17, 2011

Resources: 536 personnel are currently assigned to the fire. Resources from the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and New Mexico State Forestry, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and area volunteer fire departments are assisting with firefighting operations.

Friday May 13, 2011, 8:00 AM.         Mayhill Fire Information 575.687.3494
Summary: Predicted lower wind speeds (4-8 mph) coming from the east and southeast today should reduce fire behavior from what has been experienced during the past few days. There are spotted areas of heat and fire throughout the interior of the Mayhill fire with 15-20 percent of the perimeter showing intense heat. Firefighters today will concentrate efforts on the north flank of the fire east of Carr Gap Road and along US Hwy 82 building contingency lines with dozers and conducting burnout operations as necessary to corral the fire. Cold trailing (extinguishing hot spots) along US Hwy 82 and around structures will continue today with engines monitoring and patrolling the fire perimeter. Air support will continue to assist with water and retardant drops on areas where hot-spotting occurs. Increased acreage is also due to burnout operations.

Firefighters were successful in conducting burnout operations along US Hwy 82 yesterday keeping the fire from progressing south where communities and infrastructures could be affected.

Notice: The Mayhill Incident Command Post (ICP) has moved to mile marker 32 on US HWY 82. A new contact number is available for Mayhill Fire Information. For questions and concerns please call
(575) 687-3494.

Location: The Mayhill Fire is located 2 miles west of Mayhill, NM and burning on the Lincoln National Forest, New Mexico State Forestry, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and private land. Yesterday, the fires movement was mostly south and southeast toward US Highway 82. The fire is burning in steep, rugged terrain.

Advisory: Smoke inversion may be visible in valleys during early morning hours but should lift before noon with occurrence of warmer temperatures and light winds. Travelers are advised to use caution if traveling on US Hwy 82 near mile marker 47 and may experience delays of up to 3 hours and a possible temporary closure if smoke and fire activity worsens. Alternative routes (Hwy 130 and 24) may be used for travel. Increased traffic should be expected on US Hwy 82 and along the fire perimeter due to fire personnel and weekend public travel for the duration of the Mayhill Fire.

Detected: May 9, 2011                                       Cause: Under Investigation
Containment: 25 percent                                   Acres: 30,717

Resources: 399 personnel are currently assigned to the fire. Resources from the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and New Mexico State Forestry, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and area volunteer fire departments are assisting with firefighting operations.

Thursday May 12, 2011, 8:00 PM.
Summary: The Mayhill Fire’s movement to the south has impacted US Hwy 82, east of Mayhill again today due to north westerly winds continuing to push the fire to the south. Air tankers assisted firefighters in catching hotspots and holding the fire north of US Hwy 82.
Active surface fire with single tree and group tree torching was observed today as light northwest winds pushed the fire to the south. Firefighters were successful today with burnout operations conducted near US Hwy 82 in order to keep the fire from progressing south and in the northwest side of the fire perimeter where communities and infrastructures could be affected. Tomorrow, firefighters will continue mop up around structures and burnout operations as necessary to keep the fire within the perimeter as suppression efforts continue and fire crews work to hold the fire north and west of US Highway 82, south of Elk Canyon Road and east of Carr Gap Road. Engines will patrol and monitor the fire line throughout the day and evening.

New Mexico Type II Incident Management Team (John Pierson IC) took over management of the Mayhill Fire as of 6:00 a.m. on 5/12/2011. Additional resources have been ordered and will be assigned to the fire as they arrive. The Mayhill Incident Command Post (ICP) has moved to mile marker 32 on US HWY 82. A new contact number is available for Mayhill Fire Information. For questions and concerns please call (575) 687-3494.

Location: The Mayhill Fire is located 2 miles west of Mayhill, NM and burning on the Lincoln National Forest, New Mexico State Forestry, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and private land. Today, the fires movement was mostly south and southeast toward US Highway 82. The fire is burning in steep, rugged terrain.

Advisory: Travelers are advised to use caution if traveling on US Hwy 82 near mile marker 47 and may experience delays and a possible temporary closure if smoke and fire activity worsens. Air support will continue to assist with water and retardant drops on areas where hot-spotting occurs.

Detected: May 9, 2011                                             Cause: Under Investigation
Containment: 25 percent                                          Acres: 28,108

Resources: 399 personnel are currently assigned to the fire. Resources from the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and New Mexico State Forestry, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and area volunteer fire departments are assisting with firefighting activities.

Thursday May 12, 2011, 8:00 AM.
Current Size: Latest update’s estimated at 28,000 acres and is burning on the Lincoln National Forest, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and private land. High to extreme fire activity was observed on the fire overnight as the fire continued to progress to the northeast.

Summary: The Mayhill Fire impacted US Hwy 82, east of Mayhill due to north westerly winds pushing the fire to the south. Firefighters worked to catch hotspots during the early evening yesterday as the fire approached the highway. Travelers need to use caution if traveling on US Hwy 82 near mile marker 42 and may experience delays and possible temporary closure if smoke and fire activity worsens. The fire is burning in steep, rugged terrain. Air support will be conducting water drops on areas where hotspotting occurs.

A new contact number is available for Mayhill Fire Information. For questions and concerns please call (575) 687-3494.

Today Crews, engines and bulldozers will continue to construct fire line focusing on the east side of the fire. Engines will patrol and monitor the fire line throughout the day. Crews may burnout as needed to hold fire line as well as continue to patrol and mop up around structures. Fire crews will also continue to hold the fire north and west of US Highway 82, south of Elk Canyon Road and east of Carr Gap Road.

Resources: 354 personnel are currently assigned to the fire. Resources from the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and New Mexico State Forestry, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and area volunteer fire departments are assisting with firefighting activities.

New Mexico Type II Incident Management Team (John Pierson IC) took over management of the Mayhill Fire as of 6:00 a.m. on 5/12/2011. Additional resources have been ordered and will be assigned to the fire as they arrive. The Mayhill Incident Command Post (ICP) will be moving later today near mile marker 32 on US HWY 82.

Detected: May 9, 2011                                        Cause: Under Investigation
Containment: 20 percent                                    Location: 2 miles west of Mayhill, NM
Fuel Type: Pinon juniper, Ponderosa Pine/Mixed Conifer
Terrain: Steep and Rugged

Closures: The Lincoln National Forest closure went into effect at 0800 hours on 5/12/11. The closure affects ALL Public lands under the jurisdiction and proclomated boundaries of the Lincoln National Forest, New Mexico.

Wednesday May 11, 2011, 8:00 PM.
Current Size: Estimated at 21,000 acres and is burning on the Lincoln National Forest and Private land.
Summary: The fire is burning in steep, rugged terrain. Moderate fire activity was observed on the fire this afternoon as the fire continued to progress to the northwest. Crews, Engines and Bulldozers continue to construct fire line focusing on the east side of the fire. Engines will patrol and monitor the fire line throughout the day Crews may burnout as needed to hold fire line as well as continue to patrol and mop up around structures.

Tomorrow morning at 6:00 am the Pecos Zone Type Three Incident Management Team (Tudor IC) will transition the fire to the New Mexico Type Two Incident Management Team (Pierson IC).

Detected: May 9, 2011                                           Cause: Under Investigation
Containment: 20 percent                                       Location: 2 miles west of Mayhill, NM
Fuel Type: Pinon juniper, Ponderosa Pine/Mixed Conifer
Terrain: Steep and Rugged

Resources: Approximately 400 personnel are currently assigned to the fire. Resources from the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, New Mexico State Forestry, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and area volunteer departments are assisting with firefighting activities.

Closures: The Lincoln National Forest will close all Forest land on May, 12 2011. The closure affects ALL Public lands under the jurisdiction and proclomated boundaries of the Lincoln National Forest, New Mexico.

Fire Restrictions are in effect on Forest Service lands which ban any type of open burning. Open Burning Restrictions are also in effect on State and Private Lands throughout New Mexico. For more information on fire restriction please visit www.fs.usda.gov/lincoln. Further information regarding the Mayhill Fire please visit www.nmfireinfo.com or www.inciweb.org.

Wednesday May 11, 2011, 4:00 PM.
Current Size: Estimated at 21,000 acres and is burning on the Lincoln National Forest and Private land.
Summary: The fire is burning in steep, rugged terrain. High to extreme fire activity was observed on the fire this afternoon as the fire continued to progress to the northwest. Crews, Engines and Bulldozers continue to construct fire line focusing on the east side of the fire. Engines will patrol and monitor the fire line throughout the day Crews may burnout as needed to hold fire line as well as continue to patrol and mop up around structures.

Due to extreme burning conditions, an unoccupied structure and one outbuilding in 16 Springs Canyon was damaged late last night. Crews will work to hold the fire south of Elk Canyon east of Car Gap Road and north and west of US Highway 82.

Tomorrow morning the Pecos Zone Type Three Incident Management Team (Tudor IC) will transition the fire to the New Mexico Type Two Incident Management Team
(Pierson IC).

Resources: 290 personnel are currently assigned to the fire. Resources from the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and New Mexico State Forestry, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and area volunteer departments are assisting with firefighting activities.

Closures: The James Canyon campground is closed. The Lincoln National Forest will close all Forest land on May, 12 2011. The closure affects ALL Public lands under the jurisdiction and proclomated boundaries of the Lincoln National Forest, New Mexico.

Wednesday May 11, 2011, 8:00 AM.
Current Size: Estimated at 19,000 acres and is burning on the Lincoln National Forest and Private land.
Summary: The fire is burning in steep, rugged terrain. High to extreme fire activity was observed on the fire overnight as the fire continued to progress to the northwest. Today Crews, Engines and Bulldozers will continue to construct fire line focusing on the east side of the fire. Engines will patrol and monitor the fire line throughout the day Crews may burnout as needed to hold fire line as well as continue to patrol and mop up around structures.

Due to extreme burning conditions, an unoccupied structure in 16 Springs Canyon was damaged late last night. Today a damage assessment will be conducted to determine if any other structures were damaged.

Crews will work to hold the fire south of Elk Canyon east of Car Gap Road and north and west of US Highway 82.

Later today the Pecos Zone Type Three Incident Management Team (Tudor IC) will transition the fire to the New Mexico Type Two Incident Management Team (Pierson IC).

Detected: May 9, 2011                                            Cause: Under Investigation
Containment: 20 percent                                        Location: 2 miles west of Mayhill, NM
Fuel Type: Pinon juniper, Ponderosa Pine/Mixed Conifer
Terrain: Steep and Rugged

Resources: 290 personnel are currently assigned to the fire. Resources from the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and New Mexico State Forestry, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and area volunteer departments are assisting with firefighting activities.

Closures: The James Canyon campground is closed. The Lincoln National Forest will close all Forest land on May, 12 2011. The closure affects ALL Public lands under the jurisdiction and proclomated boundaries of the Lincoln National Forest, New Mexico.

Tuesday May 10, 2011, 9:00 PM.
Current Size: estimated at 10,240 acres and is burning on the Lincoln National Forest and Private land.
Summary: The fire is burning in steep, rugged terrain. High to extreme fire activity was observed on the fire this afternoon as the fire progressed through the northwest end of 16 Springs Canyon. Crews and Bulldozers made good progress on line construction today and will continue to develop dozer line to contain the fires progress. Crews may burnout as needed to hold fire line as well as patrol and mop up around structures.
Tomorrow crews will continue direct attack of the fire line with engines, dozers and hand crews. Crews will work to hold the fire south of Elk Canyon east of Car Gap Road and north and west of US Highway 82.

Today damaged property was assessed and it was determined that three primary residents were destroyed, nine outbuildings were destroyed and two were damaged by the fire. There were also three commercial/government owned buildings destroyed. The local electric coop replaced 13 power poles that were damaged by the fire.

Detected: May 9, 2011                                        Cause: Under Investigation
Containment: 20 percent                                    Location: 2 miles west of Mayhill, NM
Fuel Type: Pinon juniper, Ponderosa Pine       Terrain: Steep and Rugged

The evacuation of Mayhill was lifted at 6:00 pm this evening and residents were allowed to return to their homes.

Resources: 290 personnel are currently assigned to the fire. Resources from the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and New Mexico State Forestry, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and area volunteer departments are assisting with firefighting activities.

Closures: The James Canyon campground is closed. The Lincoln National Forest will close all Forest land on May, 12 2011. The closure affects ALL Public lands under the jurisdiction and proclomated boundaries of the Lincoln National Forest, New Mexico.

Tuesday May 10, 2011, 3:00 PM.
The Mayhill Fire has crossed the Sixteen Springs Road east of Carr Gap and is moving north. As a precautionary measure, law enforcement officers have been sent to Sixteen Springs in case an evacuation of residents becomes necessary.
Tuesday May 10, 2011, 11:00 AM.
Pecos Zone Type III Incident Management Team (Tudor IC) took over management of the Mayhill Fire as of 6:00 p.m. on 5/9/2011. Additional resources have been ordered and will be assigned to the fire as they arrive. The Mayhill Incident Command Post (ICP) has been set up at the Mayhill VFD-EMT site on HWY 82.

Current Size: estimated at 2,000 acres and is burning on the Lincoln National Forest and Private land.
Summary: The fire is burning in steep, rugged terrain. Moderate fire activity was observed on the fire overnight. Crews and Bulldozers made big progress on line construction overnight and will continue to tie in dozer line, and burnout when needed. Patrol and mop up around structures.
Today, crews will conduct burnout operations, and use bulldozers to continue securing fire line. Crews will work to hold the fire south of 16 Springs Canyon, east of Walker and 3mile canyon, north and west of Hwy 82, and within the Forest boundary to the west.
RED FLAG WARNING FROM 11AM TO 2100 MDT TUESDAY FOR SOUTHEST NEW MEXICO, DUE TO STRONG WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITY. HIGH PRESSURE WILL MOVE IN OVER THE AREA ON THURSDAY.
Crews will survey the damaged property areas today to determine what kind of structures have burned and to determine if additional structures have been damaged or destroyed.
Resources: 195 personnel are currently assigned to the fire. Resources from the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, New Mexico State Forestry, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and area volunteer departments

Detected: May 9, 2011                         Cause: Under Investigation
Containment: 10 percent                     Location: 2 miles west of Mayhill, NM
Fuel Type: Pinon juniper, Ponderosa Pine
Terrain: Steep and Rugged
Structures Threatened: Community of Mayhill and Powerlines

Closures: No- Hwy 82 is open, but could be subject to close if smoke and fire activity worsens.

Mayhill Fire Pictures Click on picture to enlarge.




Monday May 9th, 2011 – 11:00PM
The Mayhill Fire is estimated at 2,000 acres. Several structures have been burned although the type is unknown. The Village of Mayhill is under evacuation orders. The fire started on highway 82 approximately 2 miles west of Mayhill. Highway 82 is closed at Cloudcroft and traffic is being diverted to state road 244. The fire continues to burn actively tonight. Crews are utilizing burnout operations to remove fuel from the potential path of the fire and to protect structures. Bulldozers are being used to cut in line as well. The Pecos Zone Type III incident management team has taken over control of the fire suppression efforts. Crews will survey the damaged property areas tomorrow to determine what kind of structures have burned and to determine if additional structures have been damaged or destroyed.

Monday May 9th, 2011 – 4:40PM
There are reports of a second fire on Highway 82 at mile marker 30 that is burning towards Walker Canyon. A shelter has been set up at the Cloudcroft High School for evacuees. You can monitor the Mayhill Fire radio traffic online at http://www.radioreference.com/apps/audio/?action=wp&feedId=8349. We want to emphasize the information we are posting here is obtained from monitoring the live fire radio traffic and may not be 100% accurate.

Monday May 9th, 2011 – 2:45PM
Fire crews are being mobilized and the immediate priority is to concentrate on structure protection. The fire is now estimated at 500 acres.

Monday May 9th, 2011 – 2:00PM
We have just received word that a fire has been reported at mile marker 34 on Highway 82 in James Canyon and is burning on both sides of the Highway. An evacuation of Mayhill has been ordered. The fire is estimated at 100 acres and moving north and east. Expect Highway 82 to be closed between mile marker 30 and Mayhill. School buses will only run to mile marker 30 on Highway 82. No buses will run to Sacramento, Weed or on Highway 130.

  • Reggie Jones

    We have a place at end of 16 Springs Canyon Road – 1065 16 Springs Canyon Road, David & Regina Jones – anyone know if the fire has gotten there? We are in Odessa, Texas

  • The Sixteen Springs Fire Station might be able to give you information about your property. Their number is 575 687-3287