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Pine Lodge Fire now 47% contained

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Flames reached the Capitan and Sunset Peaks Tuesday, even as light rain helped moderate activity of the Pine Lodge Fire.

A news release from the Pecos Zone Type 3 Interagency Incident Management Team — which is in charge of efforts to suppress the fire — stated Tuesday morning that fire activity atop the mountain was limited because it was burning on “sparsely vegetated” slopes.

Fire activity near containment lines continued to feed on some unburned fuels, but all fire lines were holding well, the release states.

Tuesday morning the fire had consumed 14,043 acres and was at 47% containment, as a 145-member crew of fire personnel continued to patrol the Copeland Canyon and Peachtree Canyon drainages to prevent the fire from traveling west.

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

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New technology has been installed that enables fire officials to remotely monitor the fire around the clock, though the release warns that fire might still creep further into the wilderness. Rehabilitation work from suppression activity continues and bulldozer lines are being repaired in the Pine Lodge area.

Portions of Highway 246 between Capitan and Roswell were reopened late Sunday, but the release states that because of heavy traffic related to the fire, the public is encouraged to remain cautious while driving along Highway 246.

A forest closure is in place for the Capitan Mountains east of Capitan Gap. The release states that public entry into the area is prohibited. All other areas within the Smokey Bear Ranger District are open for recreation.

People can view official closure information and a map on the Pine Lodge Fire Inciweb page at inciweb.nwcg.gov.

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