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Pine Lodge Fire acreage grows; 24% containment


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Though crews made progress containing the fires burning in the Capitan Mountain Wilderness, the number of acres burned by the fire rose slightly overnight Thursday, even as a new fire started nearby.

The number of acres consumed by the Pine Lodge Fire increased from 12,484 acres Thursday to 12,828 Friday, even though the percentage of the fire contained rose from 11% to 24%, according to the New Mexico Fire Info website.

“Winds remain terrain-driven throughout the Capitan Mountains, and fire activity was moderate with minimal rate of spread,” the website states.

The increase in containment is attributed to mop-up operations conducted from Lowe’s Ranch to the Eldridge House, as fire crews continue to extinguish hot spots along the Seven Cabins Road, the website states.

A new fire was identified near the Summit repeater called the Summit Fire, which is being monitored by crews, according to the release. Friday morning, thunderstorms were expected to develop over higher terrain with a slight chance of rain.

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The website states there have been lightning strikes in the Capitan Mountains in recent days from thunderstorms. Southwest Incident Management Team 5 and local officials are actively monitoring the area for new fire starts.

South of the Capitan Mountains, contingency lines are being identified and assessed while crews on the southeast side of the fire will be constructing containment lines to secure the fire’s edge, according to the website.

The cause of the fire that began June 19 remains under investigation.

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

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

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