Latest Update On The Last Chance Fire As Of 8 AM-
Last Chance Fire Fact Sheet – 4/25/2011 – 8:00 am
Posted on April 25, 2011 by Dan Ware
Acres: estimated at 15,000 Start Date: April 24th 2011
Cause: Under Investigation Location: 5 miles west of Queens, NM
Containment:0 percent Fuels: Pinon juniper, brush and grass
Terrain: Steep and Rugged Resources: 3 crews, 11 engines, 2 water tenders
Total personnel:120 Structures: 3 Structures threatened and 2 Evacuated
Jurisdiction: USFS, BLM, State and Private
Aircraft: Air Attack, one Type 1 helicopter and one Type 3 helicopter
Evening activities included a successful burnout operation that tied the 137 and 408 roads together; while moderate to high fire activity was observed on the fire all night. Crews worked aggressively throughout the night to scout and secure the perimeter of the fire. A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) has been put into place surrounding the fire for all non-fire aircraft.
A Red Flag Warning is in effect from noon today through Tuesday night; erratic winds and low relative humidity’s could hamper fire suppression activities. A flight this morning will be conducted to gather accurate information on acreage and fire activity.
Objectives for crews today are to keep the fire south of Forest Roads 408/405, north of Hwy 137, east of Forest Road 277C and north and west of Surpentine Bend. Structure protection is still being conducted around 2 structures that were evacuated and the following roads have been closed:
- HWY137 at 408 (Dark Canyon Road) – State Police blockade
- Dark Canyon Road at Hidalgo Road
Smoke from the fire is impacting the community of Carlsbad and surrounding areas so please take precautious if you have any health or respiratory issues. For more information, NMED’s website, http://www.nmenv.state.nm.us/aqb/Wildfire-PM.html, the DOH website http://www.health.state.nm.us/ and http://www.nmfireinfo.com/
A public meeting has been set for Monday, April 25th at 6:00 p.m. at the Queen Fire Department.
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