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Pine Lodge Fire grows to 9,053 acres

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Though the Pine Lodge Fire burning five miles northwest of Arabella near the Lincoln National Forest has grown, progress has been made in the effort to contain the nearly week-long Pine Lodge Fire.

A press release issued Tuesday morning from the Southwest Area Incident Management Team 5 tasked with managing the fire said the wildfire has grown to 9,053 acres, up from 7,898 acres Monday morning, but the fire is now 5% contained.

“Overall, fire behavior was moderate overnight but remained active in the heavy fuels within the wilderness,” the release states.

As many as 513 personnel are now battling the fire that began June 19.

The strategy, planning and hard work of the fire crews and fire staff are making positive steps in getting a better handle on the Pine Lodge Fire, the release states.

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Because of erratic winds in recent days, the fire has been pushed in multiple directions and similar weather conditions will support continued movement to the northwest, with fires active in pinyon-juniper and pondersa pine, the release states.

“The northern perimeter will exhibit backing and uphill runs while along the southern perimeter in higher elevation, fire has the potential of east and west spread within the wilderness,” the release states.

Fire crew activity has been concentrated on reducing fuel loads near structures on the north side, while crews have also been working to reduce forest litter as a precaution for fire movement near 616 and 256 roads, the release states.

New Mexico State Road 246 from Capitan to Roswell remains closed to the public and open only to locals. People are urged to call the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 575-648-2341 for additional information about road closures.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

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