Overnight mapping shows Soldier Canyon Fire smaller than previously estimated | KOB 4

Overnight mapping shows Soldier Canyon Fire smaller than previously estimated

David Lynch
June 10, 2018 01:53 PM

MESCALERO, N.M. – The Soldier Canyon Fire, sparked Thursday afternoon in southern New Mexico, has now burned 1,316 acres and is 15 percent contained, according to the latest update from officials on Sunday.


Forestry officials previously estimated the fire – of which the cause is still being investigated – was much larger, but infrared mapping showed it was smaller than they thought.

The blaze led to evacuations for several local subdivisions as the week ended, including Blank Canyon and White Mountain. A Red Cross shelter has been temporarily set up at the Mescalero Community Center. Food and drink donations are also being accepted there.

Officials added Highway 70 will remain open "as long as it is not impacted by the fire."

Gov. Susana Martinez is expected to visit the area on Sunday afternoon.


David Lynch

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