LITTLE LEWIS FIRE FACT SHEET – 1:00 p.m. – June 30, 2011

Release Date: Jun 30, 2011  

Contact(s): Katherine Sánchez Meador, 575-682-2551


Detected:  June 28th 2011   

Cause:  Lightning                                

Containment: 15 percent                                

Location:  South of Sacramento, 2 miles southwest of Weed, NM

Fuel Type:  Ponderosa Pine, brush and grass   Terrain:  Steep and Rugged                             


An evacuation order is in effect for:  the Sacramento Methodist Assembly; the communities of Sacramento and Weed; Seep, Agua Chiquita and Ehart Canyons; Camp of the Tall Pines.

The Evacuation center is located at the Cloudcroft High School Gym

Evacuation information   575-437-2210 or 491-5589

Evacuation shelter contact number 575-430-0856


A community meeting is planned for 7:00 pm Friday July 1st in the Cloudcroft High School Commons Area.

The Little Lewis fire is being managed by local personnel.  The New Mexico type two team was ordered for the Little Lewis fire, but has been rerouted to the Donaldson Fire near Hondo NM.  Local personnel will continue to manage the Little Lewis fire. Resources will be ordered and assigned to the fire as needed.

Current Size:  Estimated at 1,000-1,200 acres

Summary: The fire is actively burning in steep, rocky, terrain south of Sacramento and southwest of Weed, NM.  The fire is burning portions of the Old Scott Able Fire which burned in 2000.  The areas to the north of the fire have received various salvage and timber harvests.

A unified command has been established with Otero County with overall incident management lead by a Forest Service type 3 Incident Commander.  Otero County is leading the structure protection group and the Federal Agency resources are managing the main fire.

Fire personnel are using both direct and indirect suppression tactics to contain the fire (hand and dozer line).  There are also substantial air resources available out of the Alamogordo airport being used on the fire.

Fire Behavior:  Torching and spotting and active surface fire.  The fire has mellowed out quite a bit and is burning in old fire scars.

Weather: Thursday – Sunny with Temps:  84 degrees, Minimum Relative Humidity’s 18-22 % and Winds from the South 10-15 mph with gusts to 20 mph.  Ten percent chance of precipitation.

Resources: Resources from the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Otero County Emergency Services, and area volunteer fire departments are assigned to the incident.  Approximately 250 personnel are assigned to the fire and include type I and type II hand crews, dozers, 1 type III helicopter with a 75 gallon bucket, smoke jumpers, local VFD's, a mix of type and agency engines, and 14 air tankers are available in the zone.

Structures Threatened:  40 structures threatened.  Structure protection is being conducted around multiple structures in the local communities.

Smoke from the fire may impact the communities of Weed, Sacramento, Mayhill, Agua Chiquita, Cloudcroft, High Rolls, Alamogordo, Avis, and other surrounding areas so please take precautions if you have any health or respiratory issues.