Lone Mountain Fire Update June 12, 2019

Incident Start Date: May 26, 2019          Cause: Lightning    Size: 533 acres   Incident Type: Wildfire   Vegetation Type: Pinon-Juniper, Grass, and Ponderosa Pine
Fire Strategy:
Containment          Resources Assigned: 1 Wildland Fire Module    Total Personnel: 16

The low-intensity Lone Mountain Fire is consuming dead and down woody debris on the forest floor, which could help reduce the risk of a high-intensity wildlife in the future.

Fire Update: The Lone Mountain Fire has steadily added about 100 acres per day to the total burned area for the past four days. Crews assigned to the fire are methodically conducting ignition operations in Ponderosa Pine stringers typically found towards the bottoms of canyons. Fire activity in the pinon-juniper stands that dominate the area is minimal as there is limited grass on the ground, which hinders the fire’s ability to spread.

Fire managers expect this low-intensity fire to gain another 500 acres over the next few days, bringing the possible total acreage to approximately 1000. They will focus operations on the east aspect of Black Ridge today. 

Firefighters are still restricting fire activity to the established planning area within the perimeter of FS Road 9023B, FS Road 9874 and FS Road 483.

Smoke Conditions: Smoke may be visible from Highway 54, Carrizozo, White Oaks, and Capitan, NM. For more information on air quality and health impacts from smoke, please visit the New Mexico Department of Health website at https://nmtracking.org/fire.

Closure Orders: None at this time.

For the most up to date information on the Lone Mountain Fire please visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov