Three Rivers Fire grows as NM winds pick up

The Three Rivers Fire is 23% contained and was 7,120 acres in size, per a Monday morning fire update from the Lincoln National Forest.

“Strong wind gusts yesterday tested the fire lines constructed by fire crews over the past several days,” read the update. “Fire lines withstood the test, and significant progress continues to be made in containing the Three Rivers Fire.

Firefighters worked to reinforce the line through the weekend to increase containment, while high winds kept crews out of the fire’s perimeter, the release read, leading them to focus on patrolling the edge of the blaze.

Cooler weather and increased chances of rain were expected to help firefighters secure the perimeter and continued to contain the fire.

“As fire activity has dramatically decreased, some crews and equipment will begin to be released from the fire to support other fires in the region,” read the update.

Most of the Lincoln National Forest is open to visitors however the Mescalero Apache Tribal lands, the forest and surrounding areas are under fire restrictions.

“A closure order has been issued for the White Mountains Wilderness,” the Monday morning update states. “The purpose of the order is to protect public health and safety during the Three Rivers Fire.”

The Three Rivers Fire in Lincoln County was 19% contained and grew to 7,119 acres on Sunday, May 2, per a Sunday evening news release from the National Forest Service.

Sunday’s update showed the fire grew from 6,951 acres on Saturday when it was 13 percent contained

The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Fire Warning due to higher temperatures and windy weather on Sunday.

The weather on Saturday was favorable enough to allow firefighters to get an aerial view of the fire showing areas that continued to burn.

The fire’s cause remains under investigation as of the morning of May 3.

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Source: Ruidoso News

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