Acrey-Lookout Fires on Guadalupe Ranger District

Lookout Complex – FINAL Fire Update – 7/27/11 – 9:00 am — This is the LAST fire update from the Pecos Zone Type III Incident Management Team…
The Lookout Complex, is 83% contained at 22,687 acres (includes Acrey, Lookout and Segrest Fires), located southwest of Carlsbad, NM. The Pecos Zone Type III Team took over management of the complex on July 21 and will transfer command back to the Lincoln National Forest today (Wednesday, July 27). An incident management organization led by Breck Hudson will complete the work that remains on the Complex.

The Lookout Complex consists of three lightning-caused fires that were detected on July 20, in the Guadalupe Mountains on the Lincoln National Forest. The Segrest Fire, located about 10 miles west of the Acrey Fire, was also caused by lightning and was reported on July 23. The fire was contained and called out two days later, at 26-acres.

The Acrey Fire, 16 miles northwest of Queen, involved Forest Service, BLM and State-managed lands. The fire is 100% contained and will be monitored by aerial resources. Firefighters and equipment have been released from this fire and have been reassigned to the Lookout http://premier-pharmacy.com/product-category/cholesterol-lowering/ Fire or demobilized from the complex.  The final size of the Acrey Fire is 18,836 acres.

On the south end of the Complex, the Lookout Fire was initially two separate fires that burned together. The fire is located about 7 miles southwest of Queen. Some unburned fuels within the perimeter continue to smolder, these isolated “smokes” are well within containment lines. Firefighters continue to focus their efforts on mop-up and patrol activities. At 65% containment, the Lookout Fire is 3,100 acres.

Fire behavior has been minimal and no additional growth is expected.

Resources that mobilized to the incident included personnel and equipment from: US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, New Mexico State Forestry, and Eddy County volunteer fire departments.

Demobilization of firefighting resources continues. As of this morning, 255 personnel are assigned to the complex.


Lookout Complex – Fire Update for 7/26/11 – AM
Substantial progress has been made on the fires within the Lookout Complex, which is now 75% contained, at 21,962 acres (includes Acrey, Lookout and Segrest Fires), located southwest of Carlsbad, NM. The Pecos Zone Type III Team took over management of the complex on July 21. Three lightning-caused fires were burning in the Guadalupe Mountains on the Lincoln National Forest and a new start, the Segrest Fire, was reported on July 23. Firefighters were able to respond quickly to the lightning-caused Segrest Fire, located about 10 miles west of the Acrey Fire and the fire was called out on 7/25 at 26-acres.

The Acrey Fire is located about 16 miles northwest of Queen, the fire spread across Forest Service, BLM and State-managed lands. The northeastern flank of the fire had the potential to threaten a natural gas well field, but firefighters were able to secure the containment lines. Threats to habitat for threatened and endangered species were also mitigated. The fire received rain showers over the past two days, and the precipitation significantly affected fire behavior. Firefighters will continue to mop-up the fire. As firefighting resources are released from this fire, they will be reassigned to the Lookout Fire or demobilize from the complex, based on the planned actions of the Incident Commander.  The current size on the Acrey Fire is 18,836 acres.

On the south end of the Complex, the Lookout Fire, was initially two separate fires that burned together. The fire is located about 7 miles southwest of Queen. Yesterday’s burn-out operations were successful and today, firefighters will continue to mop-up and patrol the fire. Some interior burning may occur if daytime temperatures are high and humidity is low. Firefighters were able to mitigate threats to two structures in the area. The Lookout Fire is 3,100 acres.

Fire behavior is expected to be minimal.

Public meetings:  Queen Volunteer Department at 8 p.m. Tonight, Tuesday, July 26th will be the last public meeting.

Resources include personnel and equipment from: US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, New Mexico State Forestry, and Eddy County volunteer fire departments.

Approximately 315 personnel are still assigned to the complex, however demobilization of firefighting resources will begin today.


Lookout Complex – Fire Update for 7/25/11 – AM
Firefighters continue to make progress on the fires within the Lookout Complex, which is now 50% contained, at 21,924 acres, located southwest of Carlsbad, NM. The Pecos Zone Team III took over management of the complex on July 21. Three lightning-caused fires were burning in the Guadalupe Mountains on the Lincoln National Forest and a new start, the Segrest Fire, was reported on July 23. Firefighters were able to respond quickly to the lightning-caused Segrest Fire, located about 10 miles west of the Acrey Fire and are completing mop-up operations on the 26-acre fire.

On the south end of the Complex, the Lookout Fire, was initially two separate fires that have burned together. The fire is located about 7 miles southwest of Queen, and is exhibiting low to moderate fire behavior in areas where unburned pockets of fuel exist. Burn-out operations were conducted yesterday and will continue today to secure a portion of the containment line on the northwest flank of the perimeter (along Forest Road 69). Two structures remain threatened by the fire, however firefighters are successfully working to mitigate the threats. The Lookout Fire is now 3,062 acres.

The Acrey Fire is located about 16 miles northwest of Queen, the fire has spread across Forest Service, BLM and State managed lands. The northeastern flank of the fire had the potential to threaten a natural gas well field, so firefighters continued efforts on that portion of the fire in order to secure containment lines. Habitat for threatened and endangered species also exist which have required protection of specific sites. The fire received rain showers yesterday evening that significantly affected the fire. Today, firefighters will transition to the mop-up phase on this fire. The current size on the Acrey Fire is 18,836 acres.

Fire behavior peaks during mid-afternoon to early evening, which is when smoke may be most visible. As firefighter implement burn-out operations there will be an increase in smoke emissions.

Recent rain showers in the area have been spotty, but are beginning to affect fire behavior and growth potential. When moisture is low or not present, light fuels such as grasses and brush may continue to dry out during the hottest periods of the day and fire behavior can increase during afternoon hours.

Public meetings:  Queen Volunteer Department at 8 p.m. Meetings will be held nightly as long as the Pecos Zone Team III Incident Management Team is headquartered out of the Queen Volunteer Fire Dept.

Resources include personnel and equipment from: US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, New Mexico State Forestry, and Eddy County volunteer fire departments.

Approximately 315 personnel are assigned to the complex.


Lookout Complex – Fire Update for 7/24/11 – PM
Firefighters continue to make progress on the fires within the Lookout Complex, which is now 50% contained, at 18,581 acres (more accurate acreage calculation due to today’s GPS mapping), located southwest of Carlsbad, NM. The Pecos Zone Team III took over management of the complex on July 21. Three lightning-caused fires were burning in the Guadalupe Mountains on the Lincoln National Forest and a new start, the Segrest Fire, was reported yesterday, July 23. Firefighters were able to respond quickly to the lightning-caused Segrest Fire, located about 10 miles west of the Acrey Fire. Today they continued with mop-up operations on the 21-acre fire.

On the south end of the Complex, the Lookout Fire, was initially two separate fires that have burned together. The fire is located about 7 miles southwest of Queen, and it exhibited low to moderate fire behavior today as unburned pockets of fuel burned. Burn-out operations were conducted today and may continue through tomorrow, if conditions remain favorable. Two structures remain threatened by the fire and aerial support resources have been effective in helping to protect the sites. Including today’s burn-out operations, the Lookout Fire is now 3,080 acres.

The Acrey Fire is located about 16 miles northwest of Queen, the fire has spread across Forest Service, BLM and State managed lands. The northeastern flank of the fire had the potential to threaten a natural gas well field, so firefighters continued efforts on that portion of the fire in order to secure containment lines. There is also habitat for threatened and endangered species that firefighting resources are working to protect. Today, the fire did receive some rain and firefighters will begin mop-up operations tomorrow. The current size on the Acrey Fire is 15,480 acres.

Fire behavior generally peaks during mid-afternoon to early evening, which is when smoke may be most visible. Firefighters may implement burn-out operations, as needed and this activity can result in an increase in smoke emissions.

Recent rain showers in the area have been spotty, but are beginning to affect fire behavior and growth potential. When moisture is low or not present, light fuels such as grasses and brush may continue to dry out during the hottest periods of the day and fire behavior can increase during afternoon hours.

Public meetings:  Queen Volunteer Department at 8 p.m. Meetings will be held nightly as long as the Pecos Zone Team III Incident Management Team is headquartered out of the Queen Volunteer Fire Dept.

Resources include personnel and equipment from: US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, New Mexico State Forestry, and Eddy County volunteer fire departments.

Approximately 315 personnel are assigned to the complex.


Lookout ComplexFire Update July 24, 2011 8:00 a.m.
Firefighters continue to make progress on the fires within the Lookout Complex, which is now 35% contained, at 18,564 acres, located southwest of Carlsbad, NM. The Pecos Zone Team III took over management of the complex on July 21. Three lightning-caused fires were burning in the Guadalupe Mountains on the Lincoln National Forest and a new start, the Segrest Fire, was reported yesterday, July 23. Firefighters were able to respond quickly to the lightning-caused Segrest Fire that is located about 10 miles west of the Acrey Fire. Today they are continuing with mop-up operations on the 21-acre fire.

On the south end of the Complex, the Lookout Fire, was initially two separate fires that have burned together. Located about 7 miles southwest of Queen, this fire continues to exhibit low to moderate fire behavior and unburned pockets of fuel will burn as daytime temperatures increase. Two structures remain threatened by the fire and aerial support resources have been effective in helping to protect the sites. The Lookout Fire is 3,062 acres.

The Acrey Fire is located about 16 miles northwest of Queen, the fire has spread across Forest Service, BLM and State managed lands. The norteastern flank of the fire has the potential to threaten a natural gas well field, so firefighters will continue to focus efforts on that portion of the fire until containment lines are secure. There is also habitat for threatened and endangered species that firefighting resources are working to protect. The current size on the Acrey Fire is 15,481 acres.

Fire behavior peaks during mid-afternoon to early evening, which is when smoke may be most visible. Firefighters may implement burn-out operations, as needed and this activity can result in an increase in smoke emissions.

Recent rain showers in the area have been spotty and have had little effect on the fires. Fuels continue to dry out during the hottest periods of the day and fire behavior is expected to increase during afternoon hours.

Public meeting tonight:  Queen Volunteer Department at 8 p.m. The incident management team’s goals and objectives will be discussed. The fire’s progress will be illustrated on maps. Questions and concerns will be addressed at this time.

Resources include personnel and equipment from: US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, New Mexico State Forestry, and Eddy County volunteer fire departments.

Approximately 315 personnel are assigned to the complex.


Lookout Complex – Fire Update for July 23, 2011 – 9:00 PM
The Pecos Zone Type III Team, led by Incident Commander Jay Northcott, continues to oversee suppression efforts on the three fires that make up the Lookout Complex. They are mostly within the Guadalupe Ranger District, southwest of Carlsbad, NM.  The northernmost fire, the Acrey Fire has crossed onto BLM and State lands.  Today, firefighters continued both direct and indirect suppression tactics, but fire behavior increased due to a combination of factors, including difficult terrain, availability of fuels, winds, and high afternoon temperatures. These lightning-caused fires continue to show additional growth. The fires are burning in steep rugged terrain in grass, pinion juniper and Ponderosa Pine.

Smoke has been visible from Highway 137 and US 62/180 south and west of Carlsbad. Afternoon winds picked up causing an increase in fire activity.  Aerial resources assisted ground resources in protecting two ranch houses that are threatened by the fire. Natural gas and oil infrastructure northeast of the Acrey fire could be threatened. Firefighters will focus suppression efforts on this portion of the fire.

A new fire was detected today, the Segrest fire is 8-10 miles west of the Acrey fire. This fire is 1-2 acres in size and firefighters have responded.

Detected: July 20, 2011                                                                      Cause: Lightning
Containment: 35 percent                                                                   Location: Southwest of Carlsbad
Fuel Type: Pinion juniper, brush and grass                                    Terrain: Steep and Rugged
Current Size:  14,132 (combined acreage)

Summary: The fires are actively burning in steep, rocky, inaccessible terrain on lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Service, and State lands southwest of Carlsbad, NM.

Aerial resources were effective in helping check the fire spread.

Fire Behavior: Winds, topography and available fuel contributed to low to moderate fire behavior today.

Weather: Tonight 60% chance of thunderstorm development and rains. Lows will be in the mid 60’s. Relative humidity at 30%. Winds out of the South 7-10 mph.

Resources include personnel and equipment from: U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, New Mexico State Forestry, and Eddy County volunteer fire departments. Approximately 315 personnel are assigned to the complex.


Lookout Complex – Fire Update for July 23, 2011 – 8:00 a.m.
The Lookout Complex received rain showers last night which affected the two fires in the south portion of the complex. The precipitation is expected to help with the containment. With fire behavior being moderated, some firefighting resources will be redirected to the Arcrey Fire in the northern portion of the complex. The Acrey Fire did not receive any measurable rain last night and firefighters will work towards limiting the fire’s spread to the northeast. Approaching storms are accompanied by gusty and erratic winds which affects fire behavior and can pose challenges during suppression activities.

As the Acrey Fire spreads northeast towards BLM lands, oil and gas infrastructure may be threatened. Other values at risk include ranching interests.

Public meeting tonight: Queen Volunteer Department at 8 p.m. The incident management team’s goals and objectives will be discussed. The fire’s progress will be illustrated on maps. Questions and concerns will be addressed at this time.

Current Size: 14,132 acres (the fires were mapped yesterday by GPS which resulted in a more accurate acreage calculation).

Summary: The fires are burning in steep, rocky, inaccessible terrain on lands managed by the US Forest Service, BLM and State lands southwest of Carlsbad, NM.

Aerial firefighting resources will be supporting the Lookout Complex today.

Fire Behavior: Moderate fire behavior is expected today. Advancing thunderstorms can bring in gusty, erratic winds that can increase fire behavior.

Weather: Today … partly cloudy. Chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs expected to be around 92. Southeast winds 7 to 11 mph. Tonight…partly cloudy, chance of rain and thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 60’s.

Containment: The Lookout Complex is 35% contained.

Values at Risk: Oil and gas wells and ranching interests.

Resources include personnel and equipment from: Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, New Mexico State Forestry, and Eddy County volunteer fire department.

Approximately 350 personnel are assigned to the complex.


Acrey-Lookout Fire update July 22, 2011 9:00 PM
The Pecos Zone Type III Team, led by Incident Commander Jay Northcott, continues to oversee suppression efforts on the three fires that make up the Lookout Complex. They are mostly within the Guadalupe Ranger District, southwest of Carlsbad, NM.  The northernmost fire, the Acrey Fire has crossed onto BLM and State lands.  Today, firefighters continued both direct and indirect suppression tactics, but fire behavior increased due to a combination of factors, including difficult terrain, availability of fuels, winds, and high afternoon temperatures. These lightning-caused fires could continue to show additional growth over the next couple days.  The fires are burning in steep rugged terrain in grass, pinion juniper and Ponderosa Pine. The Acrey fire is approximately 5,000 acres and burning in steep rugged terrain in grass, brush and pinion juniper.

Smoke has been visible from Highway 137 and US 62/180 south and west of Carlsbad. Afternoon winds picked up causing an increase in fire activity.  Aerial resources assisted ground resources in protecting two ranch houses that are threatened by the fire.

Detected: July 20, 2011                                                              Cause:  Lightning
Containment:   35 percent                                                        Location:    Southwest of Carlsbad
Fuel Type:  Pinion juniper, brush and grass                              Terrain: Steep and Rugged
Current Size:  7,130 acres (combined acreage)

Summary: The fires are actively burning in steep, rocky, inaccessible terrain on lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Service, and State lands southwest of Carlsbad, NM.

One air attack, a lead plane and heavy air tankers worked the fire today. A Type 1 helicopter also assisted in the firefighting effort.

Fire Behavior: Moderate fire behavior, however, winds, topography and available fuel contributed to the fire’s spread today.

Weather: Today…Mostly sunny with high temperatures in the high 80’s. Southeast winds at 9 mph. Tonight…Partly cloudy with possibility of rain showers. Lows in the mid 60’s. East winds 10 to 15 mph.

Resources: Resources from the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, New Mexico State Forestry, and Eddy County volunteer fire departments are assigned to the fire, for a total of 295 personnel assigned to the fire.


Acrey-Lookout Fire update July 22, 2011 8:00 AM
Today fire crews will use both direct and indirect suppression tactics working to contain the fires. There will be some burnout operations conducted on the fires today. Lookout Fire Crews will use both direct and indirect fire suppression tactics to fight the Lookout fire today. They are planning to conduct burnout operations off of Forest Road 69, 69A, 201 and 307. Smoke from these burnout operations will be visible from Queen, White’s City and possibly Carlsbad. Fire crews will also conduct small burnouts operations to secure fire containment lines and begin cold trailing (ensure the fires edge is cold and out) on the Acrey Fire.

A public meeting regarding the Acrey-Lookout fire will be held tonight at 8:00 pm at the Queen Volunteer Fire Department. Anyone who would like more information about the fire or fire suppression activities is invited to attend this meeting. The fire station is located 3664 Queen Highway southwest of Carlsbad.

July 21, 2011-Today at 1:00 pm the Pecos Zone Type Three Team (Northcott I/C) took over management of three fires on the Guadalupe Ranger District of the Lincoln National Forest. These fires were all started by lightning that passed through the area on Wednesday July 20th, 2011. The Lookout Complex is two fires about a half mile apart and approximately 800 acres each on lands managed by the US Forest Service. The Fire is burning in steep rugged terrain in grass, pinion juniper and Ponderosa Pine. The Acrey fire is about 1800 acres and burning in steep rugged terrain in grass, brush and pinion juniper on lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and the US Forest Service.

The fire was very active today with the fire pushing through grass and pinion juniper. Smoke has been visible from Highway 137 and US 62/180 south and west of Carlsbad. This afternoon winds picked up due to thunderstorm development to the southwest, increasing fire activity in all divisions. Multiple aerial resources assisted ground resources in protecting two ranch houses threatened by the fire.

Today fire crews used both direct and indirect suppression tactics trying to keep the fire from progressing out of the containment area.

Detected:  July 20th 2011                                                                     Cause:  Lightning
Containment: 17 percent                                                                      Location:  Southwest of Carlsbad
Fuel Type:  Pinion juniper, brush and grass                                         Terrain:  Steep and Rugged
Current Size:  6,430 acres

Summary: The fire is actively burning in steep, rocky, inaccessible terrain on lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and US Forest Lands southwest of Carlsbad, NM.

1 Air Attack, 1 Lead Plane and heavy Air Tankers worked the fire for most of the day. A Type 3 helicopter is also be assisting the fire resources.

Fire Behavior: Moderate fire behavior

Weather: Today…Mostly sunny. Highs around 90. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Tonight…Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 60s. East winds 10 to 15 mph.

Resources: Resources from the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, New Mexico State Forestry, and Eddy County volunteer departments responded. Approximately 295 personnel are assigned to the fire.