LUMBERTON, N.M. (KRQE)- A human-caused fire is burning off of Highway 64 east of Lumberton, New Mexico on private land in Rio Arriba County. The New Mexico State Forestry Division reports the fire started just before noon on Sunday, May 10, and is moving toward the Jicarilla Apache Tribal Lands.
- Start Date & Time: May 10, 2020 – 11:45 am
- Start Location: Rio Arriba County, east of Lumberton
- Cause of Fire: Human-caused
- Area Vegetation: Ponderosa pine, brush
- Estimated Acres Burned: 435
- Containment: 75%
- Ownership(s): Private
- Structures Threatened: Yes, 6 homes
- Structures Burned: No
- Evacuations: No
The State Forestry Division says the fire has burned an estimated 435 acres and is threatening six homes. Rain on Monday, May 11 impacted the fire area throughout the day and there was no additional fire growth.
Fire officials report that the fire is now 75% contained. GPS mapping shows that the fire is holding at 430 acres and that evacuation orders will be lifted at noon on Wednesday, May 13 and residents will be able to return to their homes.
Fire activity is expected to pick up on Wednesday as warmer temperatures and increasing winds dry out fuels. Smoke may be visible due to unburned pockets of interior fuels. Firefighters will continue to monitor and mop up hotspots and secure fire lines.
State Forestry, the Chama Volunteer Fire Department, Dulce Volunteer Fire Department, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs are working on the fire and are provided with support from multiple air tankers.
State Forestry says the fire is under investigation.