Regional
11:38 pm
Sun May 1, 2011

Organ Mountains Fire 75 Percent Contained; Grows To More Than 12 Thousand Acres

Las Cruces – The winds on the fire Sunday decreased significantly. Most of the active fire was south of Rabbit Ears on the upper half of the mountain. Crews were able to start burn out at north flank to contain last remaining flank of fire.

Fire Behavior: Low fire behavior was observed Sunday. The fire is moving north from Organ Peak backing down the mountain. Most of the fire stayed on the upper reaches of the mountain.

Suppression Actions: Crews worked successfully to directly suppress the fire in Fillmore Canyon. An firing operation was started just south of Rabbit Ears. Fire was brought down from the rock formation towards the campground. On other portions of the fire, engines and crews continued to hold and improve fire line.

Plans for Monday: Continue the ignitions operation along portions of line near Aguirre Springs Campground to secure the fire into cold black. Continue to hold other portions of fire line and mop up.

Resources: 2- type 1 helicopters, 4 - type 1 hand crews, 3 - type 2 hand crews, 7 - engines, and various overhead for a total of 202 personnel.
Structures Threatened: No structures are threatened

Closures: Dripping Springs Natural Area (DSNA), Bar Canyon Trail, Baylor
Pass Trail, Pine Tree Trail (near Soledad Canyon), and Aguirre Springs
Campground are closed to the Public.