16 Jun 2008, 8:24pm
New Mexico
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Dripping Springs Fire

Location: East of Las Cruces at Dripping Springs, Dona Ana Co. NM

Specific Location: Lat 32° 19´ 15″; Lon 106° 34´ 52″

Date of Origin: 06/14/2008
Cause: Human

Situation as of 06/19/08 PM
Total Personnel: 111
Size: 1,735 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $480,000

Planned Actions: Mop-up, monitor, and patrol. Dripping Springs and Soledad Canyon recreation areas remain closed.


Situation as of 06/18/08 PM
Total Personnel: 111
Size: 1,950 acres
Percent Contained: 40%

Costs to Date: $400,000


Situation as of 06/17/08 PM
Total Personnel: 135
Size: 1,700 acres
Percent Contained: 40%

Acreage change due to more accurate mapping. Mutual agreement between BLM and US Army will lead to active suppression on military property. Aerial attack today, handcrews tomorrow. ICP has been established at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Museum.


Situation as of 06/17/08 AM
Total Personnel: 135
Size: 1,980 acres
Percent Contained: 30%


Situation as of 06/16/08
Total Personnel: 135
Size: 1,843 acres
Percent Contained: 30%

8 residences threatened. Burnout operation around structures and homes was successful.

Fire made a significant run up into the Organ Mountains and is currently burning in an inaccessible and prohibited military area (White Sands Missile Range). Torching and running fire was observed in mixed pinyon and juniper.

The Dripping Springs recreation site and Aguirre Springs campground are closed. Soledad Canyon and Dripping Springs Roads are closed to recreationalists and non-residents.



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