Horse Canyon Fire

July 1, 2012 8AM

A public meeting was held at 7:00 PM on Saturday, June 30, 2012 at the Queen Volunteer Fire Department. Public meetings will be held every evening at 7:00 PM at theQueen Volunteer Fire Department.

The Pecos Zone Type III Team took over management of the fire this afternoon at 2:00 pm from the local unit. The Horse Canyon Fire was discovered on Friday, June 29, 2012 by personnel on the Lincoln National Forest who responded and engaged in suppression activities immediately. The fire is burning in steep rugged terrain with limited access by vehicle. Due to the inaccessible nature of the fire, indirect fire suppression tactics will be used to suppress the fire. Crews have begun a burnout operation along Forest Road 527 and will continue through the evening.

A burnout is a strategic tactic of intentionally setting fire inside control lines to consume fuels between the control line and the active edge of the fire, reducing the likelihood that the main fire will cross the containment medicament nexium 40 mg line. Burning out is a common fire suppression tactic, allowing firefighters to manage fire on their terms with advanced planning and preparation. By analyzing weather, terrain and other fire behavior indicators, burnout operations are a safe and effective way to protect our communities and forests.

The intention of the burnout operation is to tie the current fire into the Serpentine Fire scar of 2011. Additional resources have been ordered and are enroute to the fire.

Basic Information

Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Friday June 29th, 2012 approx. 05:05 AM
Location 3 1/4 miles Southeast of Queen, NM
Incident Commander Jay Northcott

Current Situation

Total Personnel 118
Size 4,000 acres
Fuels Involved Short Grass (1 foot) PJ and Grass
Fire Behavior Active to very active fire behavior with short range spotting.
Significant Events Transition to Pecos Zone Type 3 team at 1400 Saturday. Burn out operations have begun which is an attempt to secure the heal of the fire.


Planned Actions Continue to secure the heal of the fire and attempt to flanks forward to the north. Point protection around values at risk.
Growth Potential High
Terrain Difficulty Extreme

Current Weather

Temperature 92 degrees