CROOKED CREEK COMPLEX FIRE – Fire Update 5/7/11 9:00pm

CROOKED CREEK COMPLEX FIRE – Fire Update 5/7/11 9:00pm

For Immediate Release:                                              Crooked Creek Complex Fire Information – (575) 200-6112
Saturday, May 7th, 2011, 9:00 PM                            Team PIOs Joel Arnwine or La Dawn Saxton

Acres: estimated at 15,000                             Start Date:  May 6th 2011
Cause:  Lightning                                            Location:  15 miles northwest of Hope, NM
Containment: 0 percent                                   Fuels:  Brush and grass
Terrain:  Steep and Rugged                            Resources:  4 crews, 13 engines, 2 water tenders
Total personnel: 130                                        Structures: No Structures threatened/No Evacuations
Agency:  Bureau of Land Management (BLM), New Mexico State Forestry (NMSF), and private land.
Fuel Type:  Grass and Brush
Fire Behavior: The fire is burning in very steep, rugged terrain, moderate to high winds, hot, dry weather and other environmental factors posed challenges for firefighters.
Resources: Type III Incident Command Organization led by Eddie Tudor is overseeing fire suppression activities. Approximately 130 personnel are currently assigned to the fire. Additional resources have been ordered and will be assigned to the fire as they arrive. Resources from the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, New Mexico State Forestry, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and area volunteer departments, air tankers, and a fixed wing aircraft (air attack) that is providing aerial reconnaissance; firefighters continue direct attack, and burning out when necessary.
9,192 acres are burning on the BLM, 631 acres on State Land and 2,063 acres are burning on private lands.
Structures Threatened:  None
Closures:  None

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