OTERO COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – A fire started in the Lincoln National Forest on Tuesday, July 18. The fire is north of the Apple Tree Canyon, and it is dubbed the “Apple Tree Fire.”

Fire details are below:

  • Start Date and Time: July 18, 2023, 9:00 p.m.
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Size: 365 acres
  • Location: East of Sacramento Lookout Tower, 6 miles north of the community of Timberon and 3.5 miles southeast of Sunspot
  • Resources: 1 type-1 crew, 1 type-2 crew, 1 fuels crew, 1 dozer, 4 engines, 1 module, additional support personnel. Total Personnel: 91.
  • Total personnel: 28
  • Types of vegetation: Mixed conifer, locust and oak brush, dead and down trees
  • Fire behavior: Low/moderate fire behavior
  • Containment: 65%
  • Strategy: Confine and contain
  • Values at risk: No structures or communities are at risk.
  • Evacuations: None
  • Road Closures: None
  • Smoke: Smoke may be visible from Timberon, Sunspot, Sacramento River Road