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Pine Lodge Fire

Unit Information

Lincoln National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3463 Las Palomas
Alamogordo, NM 88310

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Incident Contact

Lodge Fire Information
Phone: 575-208-4402
Hours: 8am-8pm daily

Photo by Kyle Miller, Wyoming Hotshots on the Pine Lodge Fire, Capitan Mtns, NMImage options: [ Full Size ]

The Pine Lodge Fire started on June 19, 2019 on the Smokey Bear Ranger District of the Lincoln National Forest. The fire is currently 95% contained and burned approximately 15,000 acres. The Pine Lodge Fire has received precipitation in the high wilderness. Although fire lines are secured around three sides of the fire, the rocky, steep wilderness terrain precludes firefighters working on the ground. The fire will continue to creep around in the wilderness until the rains put it out. The fire will be monitored by various methods including a special 360 degree camera that includes infrared technology to detect hot spots. A Burned Area Emergency Response Team is assessing the burned area. Once the team has completed their assessment in the field they will create a burned severity map and make restoration recommendations, if such are needed, in an official report.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnknown, Under Investigation
Date of OriginWednesday June 19th, 2019 approx. 01:45 PM
Location5 miles NW of Arabela, NM
Incident CommanderSmokey Bear Ranger District, Lincoln National Forest
Incident DescriptionFull Suppression
Coordinates33.624 latitude, -105.244 longitude

Current Situation

Size15,044 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained95%
Estimated Containment DateThursday August 01st, 2019 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Short Grass(1 foot), Closed Timber Litter, Timber (Litter and Understory). Primary carriers include grass, pinyon-juniper (PJ), and ponderosa pine litter. The 2004 Peppin Fire created heavy dead and down fuels at all elevations and in all fuel types.

Significant Events

Fire Behavior: Minimal




Planned Actions

Fire spread within Copeland Canyon in the Capitan Mountain Wilderness will be monitored and actions will be taken where appropriate.


A forest closure is in place for the National Forest System lands in the fire area. Public entry into the area is prohibited. More information can be found at the Lincoln National Forest website.