A fire that began burning May 26 in the Smokey Bear Ranger District of the Lincoln National Forest has spread to 918 acres. The blaze is now at 80% containment.
Fire officials believe the Lone Mountain Fire which is about six miles north of White Oaks, New Mexico was caused by lighting. Fire managers stated in a news release Saturday, June 8 that the fire will be allowed to consume forest debris.
Command of the Lone Mountain Fire was transferred to the Smokey Bear Ranger District from the Columbine Wildland Fire Module. Crews will continue to monitor the blaze.
No additional burning is planned for the fire and officials say the smoke has been minimal since June 15.