10:55 pm
Wed June 23, 2010

UPDATE: Crews Fully Contain Las Cruces Area Wildfire

Las Cruces – The fire, dubbed the Long Canyon Fire, had burned 2600 acres.

Officials ramped up the response to the blaze when it moved to about a mile from the nearest home.

No evacuations were ordered.

The fire came closest to homes on small hills near Pena Blanca Loop, a dirt road south of Soledad Canyon Day Use Area near Las Cruces.

The blaze began Sunday southwest of a fire that burned on Fort Bliss land in New Mexico last week.

Cause: Human-Caused

Fuels: Light, flashy fuels with brush component

Size: 2582 acres (acreage increase is due to more accurate mapping)

Resources Committed: The following resources are currently assigned to the fire: NM Type 2 IMT overhead, 1 Type 1 Helicopter, 2 Type 3 Helicopters, 1 Engine, 2 Water Tenders, and 2 Type 1 Crews. Total no. of personnel: 80

Structures: No structures threatened.

Closure Notice: All closure orders have been lifted.

Summary: Mop up activities and rehab of fireline has been completed. The fire management will be turned back to the Las Cruces BLM office at 6:00 am on June 24th.