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Fire becomes more active as temperatures rise

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The fire burning five miles northwest of Arabella became more active Wednesday on the north and southeast portions of the affected area of the Pine Lodge Fire as temperatures rose, according to a press release from the Southwest Incident Management Team 5, which serves as incident command on the fire.

The Pine Lodge Fire remained at 12,484 acres the same as Tuesday, but is now 11% contained, the release states. For more than a week, the fire has raged near Lincoln National Forest, with 566 personnel working to suppress it.

Wednesday afternoon, light precipitation on parts of the south end of the fire helped moderate the fire.

Highway 246 from Roswell to Capitan remains closed to all people who do not live in that area. An area closure remains in place for the Capitan Mountains east of Capitan Gap Road until further notice, the release states.

Access to trail systems and Forest Service Roads within the area remain closed to the public, but West Mountain is open for recreation.

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An air quality alert has been put into effect by the New Mexico Departments of Health and the Environment for communities south of Route 246 and north of Route 380.

“Anyone living in these areas should be especially prepared after 8 p.m. Thursday until 10 a.m. today,” the release states.

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

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