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Rawhide Fire

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contact

Laura Rabon
Phone: 575-208-4881
Hours: M-F 8 am - 5 pm

The lightning-caused Rawhide Fire on the Guadalupe Ranger District of the Lincoln National Forest has been allowed to grow to 2500 acres within the 21,500-acre planning area to fulfill its essential role of reducing forest fuels and improve overall ecosystem health.

Favorable conditions, including light winds and precipitation in areas adjacent to the fire, have resulted in a low-intensity fire that is moving along the forest floor. The Rawhide Fire started near Rawhide Canyon about five miles northwest of Sitting Bull Falls and is burning in mostly grass, shrubs and some juniper trees. Burnout operations are planned, as conditions allow, over the next three days, which may result in smoke being visible from Carlsbad and Queen, NM.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginThursday August 08th, 2019 approx. 10:00 PM
Location5 miles NW of Sitting Bull Falls
Incident CommanderGuadalupe Ranger District, Lincoln National Forest
Coordinates32.321 latitude, -104.786 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel30
Size8,004 Acres
Fuels Involved

Grasses, shrubs, pinyon/juniper trees.

Significant Events

Fire behavior is low to moderate with creeping and smoldering and some isolated torching.


Planned Actions

Crews will be monitoring areas burned over the weekend as well as conducting ignitions in the Lawyer Canyon area.

Projected Incident Activity

Burnout operations planned for the next 3 days as conditions permit.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Hot dry conditions predicted for the following week.