East Well Fire burning 634 acres in Socorro County; 80% contained


Final Update on September 1, 2020

SOCORRO, N.M. (KRQE) – The East Well Fire broke out August 20, on state land east of Socorro and 20 miles south of Mountainair. No structures are threatened. On Saturday, firefighters are working to safely establish an anchor point and begin flanking the fire using heavy equipment to create containment lines.

  • Start Date: August 20, 2020 | Final Update September 1, 2020
  • Location: near Claunch, NM, Socorro County, 20 miles south of Mountainair.
  • Containment: 80%
  • Size: 634 acres
  • Structures Threatened: No
  • Structures Burned: No
  • Evacuations: No
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Ownership: State
  • Personnel: 80
  • Vegetation: Piñon, juniper, grass

Monday, firefighters will conduct burnout operations to reduce the amount of available fuel to the main fire. Crews will continue to secure containment lines utilizing heavy equipment and handline. 

Wednesday, State Forestry officials say smoke may continue to be seen during the day from the surrounding communities and potentially impact low lying areas overnight and in the morning. 

Monday, fire officials say due to successful fire operations, additional resources will be demobilized over the next few days. Fire behavior is minimal with little to no smoke showing.

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