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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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The lightning-caused Rawhide Fire started on August 8 on the Guadalupe Ranger District of the Lincoln National Forest. It was allowed to grow to 10,050 acres within the 21,500-acre planning area to fulfill its essential role of reducing forest fuels and improve overall ecosystem health. The fire is now 100 percent contained as of 1:30 pm August 27, 2019.

Favorable conditions, including light winds and precipitation, resulted in a low-intensity fire that moved along the forest floor. The Rawhide Fire started near Rawhide Canyon about five miles northwest of Sitting Bull Falls and burned in mostly grass, shrubs and some juniper trees. Smoke may be visible from Carlsbad and Queen, NM until the fire receives rain.

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 Personnel12
Size10,050 Acres
Fuels Involved

Grasses, shrubs, pinyon/juniper trees.

Significant Events

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


Planned Actions

Crews will monitor the fire area until it receives rain.