Regional
3:26 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Two New Lightning-Caused Fires In The Lincoln National Forest

Hinchley Fire, reported on 5/23/14 at 1:01 pm

Cause:  Lightning

Jurisdiction:  Lincoln National Forest, Smokey Bear Ranger District

Lat:  33 deg, 35 min, 24.71 sec x Long: 105 deg, 23 min, 48.83 sec

The Hinchley Fire is located about 11 miles northeast of Capitan, NM, south of the Capitan Mountains Wilderness boundary, about one mile south of Summit Spring.

During a  recon flight by Mescalero’s Helicopter, firefighters determined fire is currently a single snag. A USFS engine is responding to conduct full fire suppression activities.

Bear Fire, reported on 5/23/14 at 2:48 pm

Cause:  Lightning

Jurisdiction:  Lincoln National Forest, Smokey Bear Ranger District

Lat:  33 deg, 37 min, 18.48 sec x Long: 105 deg, 23 min, 31.91 sec

The Bear Fire is a single snag burning in the vicinity of the Hinchley Fire.  Aerial recon of the fire – burning snag has burned down to the stump. The fire is located within a rock outcrop. 

These lightning-caused fires are a result of last night’s lightning activity that was accompanied with little or no rain.  Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.