Little Lewis Fire – Final Fact Sheet

Friday, July 8th 2011 8:00 a.m.
Detected: June 28th 2011                             Cause: Lightning
Containment: 100 percent                           Location: South of Sacramento, 2 miles southwest Weed, NM
Fuel Type: Ponderosa Pine, brush and grass
Terrain: Steep and Rugged

This is the final fact sheet for the Little Lewis fire.

Size: 1,110 acres

Summary: The fire is burning in steep, rocky, terrain south of Sacramento and southwest of Weed, NM.  The fire burned portions of the Old Scott Able Fire from 2000.  The areas to the north of the fire have received various salvage and timber harvests.

The Little Lewis fire will transition from a local Forest Service Type 4 Incident Management Team to a Local Forest Service Type 5 Incident Commander on Saturday the 9th.  The new Incident Commander will continue to work closely with local cooperators.

Crews will continue rehabilitation activities to prevent erosion and improve any damage from fire and suppression operations.  Some of the rehab efforts include seeding, creating water bars and scattering brush to help stabilize the containment lines.  Crews will utilize Sacramento Ranger District standards for rehabilitation of all containment lines.  Fence lines damaged by suppression efforts will also be repaired.

Fire Behavior:  Interior areas and islands within the containment lines of the Little Lewis Fire will continue to burn over the next week or two.  Area residents may see smoke as a result of this.

Weather: An upper high currently centered over central New Mexico will be shifting to the east over the coming days. This combined with an upper trough approaching the west coast will allow moisture to stream northward over the region and bring the first significant monsoon moisture surge to the area.  The moisture will start out over far western New Mexico this weekend and make its way into eastern zones for early next week.  Some significant rains are possible Tuesday and Wednesday of next week over all areas including the lowlands.  After a couple more days of highs approaching 100 over the lowlands this increase in moisture will likely knock highs into the lower to mid 90s with much higher minimum relative humidities.  Winds will generally be light out of the east to southeast next for several days.

Resources: Resources from the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management are assigned to the incident.  Approximately 10 personnel are assigned to the fire, including two type 3 engines.

Structures Threatened: 0 structures threatened