A fire that began burning May 26 in the Smokey Bear Ranger District of the Lincoln National Forest has grown to 3,631 acres. The blaze is 90% contained.
Fire officials believe the Lone Mountain Fire, which is about six miles north of White Oaks, New Mexico was caused by lighting. Crews say firefighters have completed ignitions within the fire’s footprint and will be patrolling and monitoring fire lines.
The fire remains within official’s established perimeter planning area between Forest Service Roads 976E and Road 483 (Coyote Canyon Road). Though fire growth is highly unlikely, forest officials say the fire will not be truly considered ‘out’ until the area receives significant rain.
Officials say the Lone Mountain Fire is in an ideal location to allow the fire to fulfill its natural role and is being allowed to burn across the landscape at a low to moderate intensity. As wood is turned to ash, the soil receives nutrients which act as a natural fertilizer, stimulating new plant growth.
Command of the Lone Mountain Fire will be transferred to local resources in the Lincoln National Forest Wednesday, July 3.
Smoke may be visible in the afternoon from the areas of Carrizozo, Capitan, and Highway 54.