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Kellar Fire

Unit Information

Lincoln National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
New Mexico
Alamogordo, NM 88310

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Smoke may be visible in the area of Queen, Carlsbad and Artesia, NM.

A lightning strike started the low-intensity Kellar Fire, giving fire managers on the Lincoln National Forest the opportunity to use a natural ignition to restore fire to the landscape and achieve multiple resource benefits.

The Kellar Fire is located northeast of Queen, NM. Fire managers looked at the fire’s location, conditions on the ground, and historic fire behavior to assess risks and predict fire behavior. The analysis determined that the Kellar Fire is a good candidate to manage for multiple objectives, including reducing pinon/juniper density, which will enhance long-term forage production, increase resiliency to wildfire and provide additional fire protection to the community of Queen, NM.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginTuesday May 22nd, 2018 approx. 09:45 AM
LocationNorth of Queen, NM
Incident CommanderGuadalupe Ranger District, Lincoln National Forest
Incident DescriptionThe Kellar Fire Is Burning On The Guadalupe Ranger District Of The Lincoln National Forest. The Fire Was Discovered The Morning Of May 22, 2018.
Coordinates32.212 latitude, -104.679 longitude

Current Situation

Size5,750 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained95%
Fuels Involved

Pinon/Juniper, Grass and Brush


Planned Actions

Crews will continue to monitor the burn area. In the coming days fire personnel will begin being released from the fire.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

A hot and dry weather pattern has settled in over the fire area. Moderate southwest winds.

Recent Articles

Closure Order Lifted Closure - 6/5/2018
Kellar Fire Update 6/1/2018 Announcement - 6/1/2018
Kellar Fire Update 5/31/2018 Announcement - 5/31/2018

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