Sawmill Canyon Fire Update
Incident: Sawmill Canyon Fire Wildfire
Date started: June 5, 2013
Location: 10 miles southwest of Quemado, NM
Size: 42 acres
Percent Contained: Perimeter lined, no percentage of containment
Number of Personnel: 125
Equipment: 2 Hotshot Crews, 2 Type 2 Crews, 1 Engine Module, 8 Smokejumpers, 5 engines
Resources Threatened: residences, watersheds
Aircraft: helicopters 2 Type 2 Helicopters, 2 Air Attack, 1 Lead Plane, 3 Air Tankers Available if needed
Injuries to Date: 0
The fire started in the Sawmill Canyon drainage and continued up the ridge to the North yesterday afternoon. Crews, Air Tanker and Helicopter support worked throughout the day to aggressively suppress the fire. The fire was primarily burning in grass and needle cast on the ground with isolated torching of trees. Crews worked in to the night and have lined the perimeter of the fire.
Today’s weather predicts isolated showers and thunderstorm with 5% chance of rain with a maximum temperature of 81 degrees. With that weather prediction crews remain vigilant in strengthening containment lines. A Strike Force of Engines will be in place today to assess the subdivisions in the proximity of the fire as an added precaution.
Forest personnel strongly encourage extreme care when traveling in the National Forests. As always, fireworks are prohibited on National Forest System lands
For further information on the Sawmill Canyon Fire please call the Quemado Ranger District at 575-773-4678