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Soldier Canyon Fire

Unit Information

Mescalero Agency
Bureau of Indian Affairs
New Mexico
Mescalero, NM 88340

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The Soldier Canyon Fire received little rain yesterday. Crews completed putting sand bags and cement barriers in place around homes as a precaution against possible flooding. Hurricane Bud has weakened as it is progressing north. Clear skies today are expected to give way to thunderstorms this afternoon and evening. The greatest chance of wetting rains associated with this storm is predicted for Saturday morning.

A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team, resource advisors, and a Flood Response Group consisting of Tribal Representatives and crews are coordinating their efforts to protect the residents of Soldier Canyon and cultural values at risk. Crews are filling additional sand bags to be pre-positioned in the event flooding occurs.

Residents living on the north side of Highway 70 are advised to prepare for possible evacuations in the event flooding becomes imminent. Residents are advised to stay closely informed as this weather pattern develops.

This will be the final information update for the Soldier Canyon Fire. Fire managers and Tribal representatives will issue additional announcements if the situation changes, and the fire will be placed in monitor status.

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Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseHuman-under Investigation
Date of OriginThursday June 07th, 2018 approx. 03:00 PM
LocationT13S,R12E, NESW sec 22
Incident CommanderTravis Pfister
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates33.171 latitude, -105.769 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel271
Size1,270 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained95%
Fuels Involved

Timber, brush, medium logging slash


Planned Actions

Continue to implement suppression reab plan; coordinate with the BAER Team.

Projected Incident Activity

No fire growth is anticipated on the overall perimeter.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Influx of moisture from the southeast caused scattered thunderstorms in the area with light precipitation over the fire area. Forecast influx of tropical moisture from the remnants of Hurricane Bud this coming weekend increases the possibility of localized heavy thunderstorms over the fire could lead to flooding in Mescalero.