The Lone Mountain Fire is located about 6 miles north of White Oaks near Hogback Ridge on the Smokey Bear Ranger District of the Lincoln National Forest and is currently estimated at 5 acres. The fire is currently sheltered from the prevailing winds and therefore fire behavior is low intensity. In addition, temperatures dipped overnight, which calmed the fire. Temperatures today are expected to be moderate at 65 degrees with winds around 10-15 miles per hour. Higher humidity levels and possible rain are forecasted for later this week.
A lightning strike started the Lone Mountain Fire allowing fire managers to reduce the number of pinon/juniper trees, which in turn reduces the amount of fuel on the ground and create the space for more grass to grow.
The Lone Mountain Fire is in a unique and ideal location for a confine-and-contain tactic. Unlike much of district which has a high level of wildland-urban interface, this remote area has limited structures. The area is surrounded by existing Forest Service Roads and ridgelines which act as barriers for the fire. There is no public access into this area due to the private land; therefore there are no closure orders in effect right now.
Currently, one 20-person hotshot crew and one 3-man engine are assigned to the fire. Fire activity in the region is relatively low, which means additional engines, crews and aircraft are available to support this incident should they be needed.
Currently smoke impacts are limited; however, smoke may become visible from Carrizozo, White Oaks and surrounding areas. Fire management is always done with public and firefighter safety as the number one priority.