Little Lewis Fire Update

Little Lewis Fire Fact Sheet – Sunday, July 3rd 2011 8:00 a.m.
Detected: June 28th 2011                                            Cause: Lightning
Containment: 90 percent                                             Location: South of Sacramento, 2 miles southwest of Weed, NM
Fuel Type: Ponderosa Pine, brush and grass      Terrain: Steep and Rugged

This will be the last fact sheet for the Little Lewis fire for about one week. There will be a final fact sheet sent out once the initial rehabilitation work is completed. As always, efforts will provide for firefighter and public safety first.

Current Size: 1,110 acres

Summary: The fire is burning in steep, rocky, terrain south of Sacramento and southwest of Weed, NM. The fire is burning portions of the Old Scott Able Fire which burned in 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 3 Incident Management Team to a Local Forest Service Type 4 Incident Management Team today (Sunday). The new team will continue to work closely with local cooperators.

Crews will be working to secure the edge of the fire. Mop up operations will also continue throughout the next week.
Crews will utilize Sacramento Ranger District standards for rehabilitation of all dozer lines.

The fire received approximately one half inch of rain Friday afternoon. There is the potential for other starts as a result of recent lightning activity.

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: Sunday – Partly cloudy with temperatures ranging from 74-78 degrees, minimum relative humidity ranging from 31-35%, and winds from the southeast 10-15 mph. Ten percent chance of precipitation.

Monday – Partly cloudy with temperatures ranging from 76-81 degrees, minimum relative humidity ranging from 23-27%, and winds from the southeast 10-15 mph. Ten percent chance of precipitation.

Resources: Resources from the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Otero County Emergency Services, and area volunteer fire departments are assigned to the incident. Approximately 179 personnel are assigned to the fire and include 4 type II hand crews, 3 dozers, a mix of type and agency engines.

Structures Threatened: 0 structures threatened

Other:

Smoke from the fire may continue to impact the communities of Weed, Sacramento, Mayhill, Agua Chiquita, Cloudcroft, High Rolls, Alamogordo, Avis, and other surrounding areas. Please take precautions if you have any health or respiratory issues.

A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) assessment will occur over the next couple of days.


Fire Update – July 2, 2011, 8:00 am
Detected: June 28th 2011                          Cause: Lightning
Containment: 70 percent                           Location: South of Sacramento, 2 miles southwest of Weed, NM
Fuel Type: Ponderosa Pine, brush and grass Terrain: Steep and Rugged

All evacuations have been lifted for: the Sacramento Methodist Assembly; the communities of Sacramento and Weed; Seep, Agua Chiquita and Ehart Canyons; Camp of the Tall Pines.

Current Size: 1,110 acres

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

The Little Lewis fire is being managed by a local Forest Service Type 3 Incident Management Team. The team is working closely with local cooperators.

The fire received approximately one half inch of rain Friday afternoon. There was a lot of lightning activity associated with the storm cell that moved through. There is the potential for other starts as a result of this lightning activity. Some of the crews assigned to the Little Lewis Fire are being reassigned as initial attack to any new starts in the area.

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: Saturday – Sunny with Temps: 80 degrees, Minimum Relative Humidity’s 25-29 % and Winds from the southeast around 15 mph with gusts to 21 mph. Ten percent chance of precipitation.

Resources: Resources from the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Otero County Emergency Services, and area volunteer fire departments are assigned to the incident. Approximately 179 personnel are assigned to the fire and include 4 type II hand crews, 3 dozers, a mix of type and agency engines. Fourteen air tankers are available in the zone.

Structures Threatened: 0 structures threatened

Other:

Smoke from the fire may continue to impact the communities of Weed, Sacramento, Mayhill, Agua Chiquita, Cloudcroft, High Rolls, Alamogordo, Avis, and other surrounding areas so please take precautions if you have any health or respiratory issues.

A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) assessment will occur over the next couple of days.


Little Lewis Fire Fact Sheet – Friday, July 1st 2011 8:00 a.m.
Detected: June 28th 2011                                                 Cause: Lightning
Containment: 50 percent                                            Location: South of Sacramento, 2 miles southwest of Weed, NM
Fuel Type: Ponderosa Pine, brush and grass          Terrain: Steep and Rugged

An evacuation order is still in effect for:  the Sacramento Methodist Assembly; the communities of Sacramento and Weed; Seep, Agua Chiquita and Ehart Canyons; Camp of the Tall Pines.
The evacuation center is located at the Cloudcroft High School Gym

Evacuation information   575-437-2210 or 491-5589
Evacuation shelter contact number 575-430-0856

A community meeting is planned for 7:00 pm Friday July 1st in the Cloudcroft High School Commons Area.

Current Size: Estimated at 1,000-1,200 acres

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

The Little Lewis fire is being managed by local Forest Service personnel.  Resources will be ordered and assigned to the fire as needed.  A unified command has been established with Otero County with overall incident management lead by a Forest Service type 3 Incident Commander.  Otero County is leading the structure protection group and the Federal Agency resources are managing the main fire.

Fire personnel are using both direct and indirect suppression tactics to contain the fire (hand and dozer line).  There are also substantial air resources available out of the Alamogordo airport being used on the fire.

Crews conducted a successful burn out operation yesterday evening on the north end of the fire.

Fire Behavior:  Torching and spotting and active surface fire.  The fire has mellowed out quite a bit and is burning in old fire scars.

Weather: Friday – Sunny with Temps:  80 degrees, Minimum Relative Humidity’s 27-31 % and Winds from the South 10-15 mph with gusts to 20 mph.  Ten percent chance of precipitation.

Resources: Resources from the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Otero County Emergency Services, and area volunteer fire departments are assigned to the incident.  Approximately 250 personnel are assigned to the fire and include  4 type I and 4 type II hand crews, 3 dozers, 1 type III helicopter with a 75 gallon bucket, smoke jumpers, local VFD’s, a mix of type and agency engines, and 14 air tankers are available in the zone.

Structures Threatened: 58 structures remain threatened.  Structure protection is being conducted around multiple structures in the local communities.

Smoke from the fire may impact the communities of Weed, Sacramento, Mayhill, Agua Chiquita, Cloudcroft, High Rolls, Alamogordo, Avis, and other surrounding areas so please take precautions if you have any health or respiratory issues.

Little Lewis Fire IR Perimeter Map 6-30-2011, 01:18 am

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LITTLE LEWIS FIRE FACT SHEET – 11:00 a.m. – June 30, 2011
Detected: June 29, 2011                            Cause: Lightning
Containment: 5 percent                           Location: South of Sacramento, 2 miles southwest of Weed, NM
Fuel Type: Ponderosa Pine, brush and grass    Terrain: Steep and Rugged

The following evacuations are in effect: The Sacramento Methodist Assembly; the communities of Sacramento and Weed; Seep, Agua Chiquita and Ehart Canyon, and Camp of the Tall Pines.
The Evacuation Center is located at: Cloudcroft High School Gym

The Little Lewis fire is being managed by local personnel. The New Mexico type two team has been ordered and will transition with local personnel on Thursday, June 30th. Additional resources have been ordered and will be assigned to the fire as they arrive.

Current Size: estimated at 1,000-1,200 acres

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

The fire grew during the day due to extremely dry conditions and gusty winds. Structure protection is being conducted around multiple structures in the local communities.

A unified command has been established with Otero County with overall incident management lead by a Forest Service type 3 Incident Commander. Otero County is leading the structure protection group and the Federal Agency resources are managing the main fire.

Fire personnel are using both direct and indirect suppression tactics to contain the fire (hand and dozer line).

Fire Behavior: Torching and spotting and active surface fire. The fire has mellowed out quite a bit this evening and is burning in the old fire scars.

Weather: Thursday – Sunny with Temps: 83degrees, Minimum Relative Humidity’s 18-22% and Winds from the South 10-15 mph with gusts to 20 mph. Ten percent chance of precipitation on Thursday.

Resources: Resources from the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Otero County Emergency Services, and area volunteer fire departments are assigned to the incident. Approximately 200 personnel are assigned to the fire and include type I and type II hand crews, dozers, type III helicopter with bucket, smoke jumpers, local VFD’s, a mix of type and agency six engines, and 14 air tankers in the zone.

Structures Threatened: 40 structures threatened. Structure protection is being conducted around multiple structures in the local communities.

Smoke: Smoke from the fire may impact the communities of Weed, Sacramento, Agua Chiquita, Cloudcroft, High Rolls, Alamogordo, Avis, and other surrounding areas, so please take precautions, if you have any health or respiratory issues.

To report a fire, call the 24-hour toll free number at 1-877-695-1663 or (575) 437-2286 or dial 911.

For more information on current fire restrictions on public lands in New Mexico, call 1-877-864-6985. This is a toll-free hotline sponsored by natural resource agencies in the Southwest. Please visit the Southwest Coordination Center website at: http://gacc.nifc.gov/swcc/


LITTLE LEWIS FIRE FACT SHEET – 7:00 p.m. – June 29, 2011
Detected: June 28, 2011
Cause: Lightning
Containment: 5 percent
Location: South of Sacramento, 2 miles southwest of Weed, NM
Fuel Type: Ponderosa Pine, brush and grass
Terrain: Steep and Rugged

The following evacuations are in effect:  The Sacramento Methodist Assembly; the communities of Sacramento and Weed; Seep, Agua Chiquita and Ehart Canyon, and Camp of the Tall Pines.
The Evacuation Center is located at:  Cloudcroft High School Gym

The Little Lewis fire is being managed by local personnel. The New Mexico type two team has been ordered and will transition with local personnel on Thursday, June 30th. Additional resources have been ordered and will be assigned to the fire as they arrive.

Current Size: estimated at 1,000-1,200 acres

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

The fire grew during the day due to extremely dry conditions and gusty winds.  Structure protection is being conducted around multiple structures in the local communities.

A unified command has been established with Otero County with overall incident management lead by a Forest Service type 3 Incident Commander.  Otero County is leading the structure protection group and the Federal Agency resources are managing the main fire.

Fire personnel are using both direct and indirect suppression tactics to contain the fire (hand and dozer line).

Fire Behavior:  Torching and spotting and active surface fire.  The fire has mellowed out quite a bit this evening and is burning in the old fire scars.

Weather: Thursday – Sunny with Temps:  83degrees, Minimum Relative Humidity’s 18-22 % and Winds from the South 10-15 mph with gusts to 20 mph.  Ten percent chance of precipitation on Thursday.

Resources: Resources from the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Otero County Emergency Services, and area volunteer fire departments are assigned to the incident. Approximately 200 personnel are assigned to the fire and include type I and type II hand crews, dozers, type III helicopter with bucket, smoke jumpers, local VFD’s, a mix of type and agency six engines, and 14 air tankers in the zone.

Structures Threatened: 9 structures threatened

Smoke: Smoke from the fire may impact the communities of Weed, Sacramento, Agua Chiquita, Cloudcroft, High Rolls, Alamogordo, Avis, and other surrounding areas, so please take precautions, if you have any health or respiratory issues.

To report a fire, call the 24-hour toll free number at 1-877-695-1663 or (575) 437-2286 or dial 911.

For more information on current fire restrictions on public lands in New Mexico, call 1-877-864-6985. This is a toll-free hotline sponsored by natural resource agencies in the Southwest.  Please visit the Southwest Coordination Center website at:  http://gacc.nifc.gov/swcc/.

For more information about the Lincoln National Forest, please visit our website at www.fs.usda.gov/lincoln, and follow us on Twitter at lincolnsmokey@twitter.com.


Officials to hold a public meeting on the Little Lewis Fire at 8:00 p.m. Wednesday night at the Cloudcroft High School Gym.
Officials ordered the evacuation Wednesday afternoon of the Agua Chiquita, Hay Canyon, Ehart Canyon, and Camp of the Tall Pines areas after the fire jumped containment lines. An estimated 400 people have already evacuated from the communities of Sacramento and Weed. The latest estimates have the fire at 1,200 acres.

LITTLE LEWIS FIRE UPDATE – JUNE 29, 2011, 8:00 A.M.
Reported:  June 28, 2011                                            Cause:  Lightning
Containment:  0 percent                                              Location:  2 miles southwest of Weed, NM
Fuel Type:  Ponderosa Pine, brush and grass              Terrain:  Steep and Rugged
Evacuation of the Sacramento Methodist Assembly Church Camp.
Evacuation Center:  Cloudcroft High School Gym
There are no Sacramento Mountain community evacuations at this time.

Lincoln National Forest personnel are managing the Little Lewis Fire. Additional resources have been ordered and will be assigned to the fire as they arrive.

Current Size: Estimated at 500-700 acres

Summary: The fire is actively burning in steep, rocky, terrain southwest of Weed, NM. The fire is burning in the middle of the Scott Able Fire, which burned in 2000. Scott Able timber salvage and harvest treatments have occurred in areas to the north of the fire.

The fire increased in size due to extremely dry conditions and gusty winds. Firefighters are providing structure protection for multiple structures.

A unified command has been established with Otero County. Overall incident management will be lead by a Forest Service Type 3 Incident Commander. Otero County is managing the structure protection group and Federal Agency resources are managing the fire.

Fire personnel are using both direct and indirect suppression tactics to contain the fire.

Fire Behavior:  Torching and spotting and active surface fire

Weather:Wednesday, June 29, 2011 – Sunny with a high of 83 degrees. Minimum Relative Humidity:  15 %. Winds: from the south 10-15 mph with gusts to 20 mph.

Resources: Resources from the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Otero County Emergency Services, and area volunteer fire departments (VFD) responded. Approximately 80 personnel are assigned to the fire. 2 dozers, smoke jumpers, local VFD’s, 3 type six engines.

Structures Threatened: 9 structures threatened

Smoke: Smoke from the fire may impact the communities of Weed, Sacramento, Agua Chiquita, Cloudcroft, High Rolls, Alamogordo, Avis, and other surrounding areas. Please take precautions, if you have any health or respiratory issues.

To report a fire, call the 24-hour toll free number at 1-877-695-1663 or (575) 434-2286 or dial 911.

For more information on current fire restrictions on public lands in New Mexico, call 1-877-864-6985. This is a toll-free hotline sponsored by natural resource agencies in the Southwest.  Please visit the Southwest Coordination Center website at:  http://gacc.nifc.gov/swcc/.

For more information about the Lincoln National Forest, please visit our website at www.fs.usda.gov/lincoln, and follow us on Twitter at lincolnsmokey@twitter.com.

  • Tunnelstop

    The High Country Post has some of the BEST information about all the fires. Thank you so much!
    Sue at “The Tunnel Stop” in High Rolls, New Mexico.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Barbara-Hansen/100000636094752 Barbara Hansen

    I agree with Sue.  There was a lot of confusion about where the Little Lewis fire was until you posted the perimeter map.  Your information was terrific.