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Lookout Complex

 LOOKOUT COMPLEX
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Lookout Complex – Fire Information – (575) 652-5001
Sunday, July 24, 2011-6:00 a.m.                    
Information Officers: Loretta Benavidez,  Joel Arnwine, Linda Wallace
Detected:  July 20, 2011                                         Cause:  Lightning                                  
Containment: 35 percent                                        Location: Southwest of Carlsbad
Fuel Type: Pinion juniper, brush and grass     Terrain:  Steep and Rugged
The Pecos Zone TypeIII Team, led by Incident Commander Jay Northcott, continues to oversee suppression efforts on the three fires that make up the Lookout Complex. They are mostly within the Guadalupe Ranger District, southwest of Carlsbad, NM.  The northern most fire, the Acrey Fire has crossed onto BLM and State lands.  Today, firefighters will continue both direct and indirect suppression tactics The fires are burning in steep rugged terrain in grass, pinion juniper and Ponderosa Pine.
Smoke has been visible from Highway 137 and US 62/180 south and west of Carlsbad. A chance that afternoon winds will pick up can cause an increase in fire activity.  Aerial resources will assist ground resources in protecting two ranch houses that are threatened by the fire. Natural gas and oil infrastructure northeast of the Acrey fire could be threatened. Firefighters will focus suppression efforts on this portion of the fire.
The Segrest fire which started yeaterday, was 8-10 miles west of the Acrey fire. This fire was is currently 21 acres in size. With the aid of five aerial drops, firefighters plan to continue with mop-up operations on the fire today.
Current Size:  18,544 (combined acreage)
Summary: The fires are actively burning in steep, rocky, inaccessible terrain on lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Service, and State lands southwest of Carlsbad, NM.
Aerial resources will be utilized to help check the fires’ spread.
Fire Behavior: Due to the drying out of fuels increased fire ‘behavior can be expected today.
Weather: Today partly cloudy, 30% chance of scattered thunderstorms development across the areas. Maximum temperatures will be 89 degrees. Relative humidity at 30%. Winds out of the South to Southwest 10-15 mph.
Resources include personnel and equipment from: U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, New Mexico State Forestry, and Eddy County volunteer fire departments. Approximately 315 personnel are assigned to the complex.

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