Lincoln National Forest – New Fire Start – Seven Cabins Fire

Status: The Seven Cabins fire was reported Sunday morning (2/26/17).   Forest Service firefighters arrived on scene around 10:30 am and determined the fire to be 5-7 acres.  The fire is burning in very rough, rugged terrain – through dense slash, juniper and grass.  Winds gusting to 20 mph resulted in additional fire growth (now estimated at 50 – 100 acres).  The Incident Commander ordered additional firefighting resources to assist with the suppression efforts.  Several interagency engines from within zone (Pecos Zone) responded today and three crews are expected to arrive tomorrow (2/27/17).

INITIAL FIRE UPDATE: 02/26/17  7:30 pm

Jurisdiction: Lincoln National Forest, Smokey Bear Ranger District

Date/Time Detected: 2/26/17  8:59 am

Location: Approximately 8 miles northwest of Arabela, NM, north of the Capitan Mountains Wilderness Area

Lat/Long: 33 deg, 39 min, 10.84 sec X 105 deg, 17 min, 21.12 sec

Legal Description: T7S, R17E, SWSW Sec 32

Firefighting Resources: 3 Forest Service Engines, 1 BLM Engine, 1 BLM Water Tender.  About 20 firefighting personnel (total).

Values at Risk: Houses in the surrounding area.  No threat to houses at this time.

Hazards: Snags, rugged terrain

Fuels: Juniper, grass and heavy slash

Size: 50 – 100 acres as of 2/26/17  7:30 pm

Containment: 15%

Cause: Unknown at this time.  Under investigation.

Regarding smoke, in the event of a prescribed fire or wildfire: If visibility becomes lower because of smoke, please visit the NM Department of Health’s smoke page:  https://nmtracking.org/fire