Pine Lodge Fire Update June 20, 2019

Incident Start Date: June 19, 2019  Cause: Unknown, Under Investigation Size: 360 acres          Containment: 0%      Incident Type: Wildfire Fire Strategy: Full Suppression         Fuel Type: Grass, Pinyon-Juniper, Mixed Conifer Assigned: 5 engines and personnel.  2 hotshot crews. 1 water tender. 1 dozer. 1 Type -3 helicopter. 2 single engine air tanker (SEATs). The Pecos Type-3 team has been ordered and additional resources will be ordered as needed.

Fire Update: The Pine Lodge Fire was detected at approximately 2:00 pm on June 19, 2019. It is located on the Smokey Bear Ranger District on the Lincoln National Forest. The original size was estimated to be 30 acres. The fire has now been updated to 360 acres as of 8:50 am June 20, 2019.

The Pine Lodge Fire is burning partially in the Capitan Mountains Wilderness. It is located in the 2004 Peppin Fire burn scar. Terrain is rough, rugged and rocky with a large amount of dead and down material from the Peppin Fire.

Two cabins within the Pine Lodge Recreational Residence Tract have burned. These cabins are located on Forest Service land, but are privately owned. One vehicle has also burned.

Given the difficult terrain, fire officials are scouting the area to identify the safest and most effective options for fighting the blaze. Today fire fighters will work to secure the north side of the fire to try to prevent it from spreading onto state and private lands. Powerlines have been turned off along Forest Service Road 130 to ensure firefighter safety.

Evacuations: To ensure public safety access to the Pine Lodge Recreational Residence Tract is restricted. These residence are only used part of the year and were unoccupied at the time of the fire. At this time, there were no evacuations in the area.

Closures:  Closures are in place for the Pine Lodge Recreational Residence Tract area. Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.

Weather:  Predictions for upcoming days are for high temperatures above 90 degrees and lower relative humidity. Winds are forecasted to be 20 to 25 mph.

Smoke Information: Please visit the NM Department of Health’s smoke page for information on protecting your health during smoke events https://nmtracking.org/fire.

Information for the Pine Lodge Fire will be released daily.  For the most current information, see www.nmfireinfo.com and https://inciweb.nwcg.gov