New Fire Start on the Lincoln National Forest: The Bailey Fire

Incident Start Date: 5/15/2020          Cause: Under Investigation Size: 0.75 acres 

Fire Strategy: Full Suppression        Incident Type: Wildfire          Containment: 0%     

Resources Assigned: 4 Engines, 1 Air Tanker, 1 hotshot crew

Total Personnel: Approximately 35

Fire Update: Forest Service fire personnel resources quickly responded to a smoke report at 5:20 pm on May 15, 2020. Upon arrival, they discovered a 0.75 fire burning in Bailey Canyon about 2.5 miles from Cloudcroft.  There are no structures threatened at this time. The cause of the fire is under investigation.  

Smoke is visible from Highway 82.  Resources currently assigned to the fire include four engines, one air tanker, and one hotshot crew. The fire is burning in ponderosa pine and slash (aka dead woody debris).

The Lincoln National Forest has been under fire restrictions prohibiting campfires since April 15.  Weather conditions over the past few weeks have been hot with limited precipitation, leading to fuels being more prone to burn.

Information on the Bailey Fire will also be posted on More information will be released as it becomes available. You can expect another Bailey Fire update on Saturday, May 16, 2020, mid-morning.

Smoke Conditions: Smoke is visible from Highway 82. Please visit the NM Department of Health’s smoke page for information on protecting your health during fires and on smoky days:

Closures and Evacuations: None