Lincoln Canyon Complex Fire

Sunday, August 6th, 2011- 6:30 p.m.    Final Update
Summary: Firefighters continued patrolling and mopping up the majority of the fire today, and were able to mop up 3 chains or 200 feet from the fire perimeter. The crews found no hotspots or visible smokes, and rehabilitation efforts on fenceline and stock tanks were complete today.

A slight dusting of rain was observed on the fire today but nothing significant.

Transition from the Pecos Zone Type 3 team to a local Type 4 organization will occur tomorrow at noon, and there will be 4 engines, 2 handcrews and miscellaneous overhead remaining on the fire through Monday.

Demobilization of crews, engines and equipment continued today and the remaining resources that are not staying with the new organization will be demobed tomorrow by noon.

The fire did not increase in size today and remains at 9,431 acres.

Resources include personnel and equipment from: US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, New Mexico State Forestry, Lincoln County and Chaves County.

Detected: August 2, 2011                                    Cause: Lightning
Containment: 97 percent                                    Location: 17 miles Northeast of Mayhill
Fuel Type: Brush and grass                               Terrain: Steep and Rugged

Approximately 69 personnel are assigned to the Lincoln Canyon Complex.


Friday, August 5, 2011- 6:30 p.m. 
Summary: Firefighters made excellent progress again today and will continue mopping up and patrolling the entire fire perimeter tomorrow. The fire is burning on Private, State and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands.
Significant rain was observed on large portions of the fire today due to a passing thunderstorm, and air attack did not observe any smoke on the fire perimeter after the rain event.

Demobilization of crews started today with additional resources being released tomorrow and Sunday. Aerial resources are still committed to the fire but one of the helicopters will be released this evening. The Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) will remain in effect over the fire perimeter until all aerial resources are released.

The fire is being reported at 9,431 acres due to a mapping flight taken this morning.

The weather will continue to be hot and dry with incoming thunderstorms predicted throughout the weekend.

Resources include personnel and equipment from: US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, New Mexico State Forestry, Lincoln County and Chaves County.

Detected: August 2, 2011                                      Cause: Lightning
Containment: 50 percent                                      Location: 17 miles Northeast of Mayhill
Fuel Type: Brush and grass                                 Terrain: Steep and Rugged

Approximately 215 personnel are assigned to the Lincoln Canyon Complex.


Thursday, August 4, 2011- 8:00 p.m.
The Pecos Zone Type III Team, led by Incident Commander Jay Northcott, continues to oversee suppression efforts on the Lincoln Canyon Complex. The fire is burning mostly on state and private land within Chaves County 17 miles northeast of Mayhill, NM. 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. This lightning-caused fire showed some additional growth today. The fires are burning in steep rugged terrain in brush and grass. Good Progress was made on the Lincoln Canyon Complex today. Crews and aircraft worked through the day today to build and strengthen containment lines of the fire.

The Lincoln Canyon Complex (includes the Lincoln Canyon Fire and Teal Fire) was reported early Wednesday morning, August 2, 2011and is located 17 miles northeast of Mayhill, NM. Crews from the BLM Pecos District worked through the day Wednesday to contain the fire but were unable to stop the fires progress with the resources assigned to the fire. Additional resources were ordered and arrived throughout the day today.

Fire behavior was very active on the fire today and crews, helicopters and heavy air tankers have been working on all flanks of the fire to contain the 9,150 acre fire. Crews are working in the very difficult terrain as the fire burns in grass and brush.

Resources include personnel and equipment from: US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, New Mexico State Forestry, Lincoln County and Chaves County.

Detected: August 2, 2011                                                     Cause: Lightning
Containment: 20 percent                                                     Location: Northeast of Mayhill
Fuel Type: Brush and grass                                                 Terrain: Steep and Rugged

Approximately 240 personnel are assigned to the Lincoln Canyon Complex.

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