Lincoln National Forest – New Fire: Curtis

Apr 17, 2013

Lincoln National Forest – New Fire: Curtis – 4/17/13 – 1820 update

Fire Name:  Curtis

Date and Time Detected: 4/17/13 - 1528 hours 

Jurisdiction:  Lincoln National Forest

Location:  2 1/2 miles southwest of Mayhill, NM, near Curtis Canyon, north of Highway 130

Current Size:  100 acres

Resources:  Two Forest Service hotshot crews and three engines, and numerous cooperating Otero County Emergency Response resources.

The fire has been moving in a south, southwesterly direction, away from the community of Mayhill.  Firefighters have been successful in keeping the fire from spreading south across Highway 130.  They are focusing their efforts on the northern flank.

Fire Behavior:  Some spotting was reported earlier

Fuel Type:  Mixed conifer and grass

Cause:  Under investigation

Otero County Emergency Management is currently requesting evacuations of homes in the immediate vicinity of the fire  — Approximately 6 homes were evacuated and 12 pre-notification were issued to residents in the immediate area.