Wildfire in Organ Mountains Growing, Expected to Burn Out
POSTED: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 11:54am
UPDATED: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 2:04pm
DONA ANA COUNTY-- A wildfire that has been burning since Monday in a remote area of the Organ Mountains east of Las Cruces is expected to continue burning for 3 or 4 more days, according to fire crews.
As of this morning the Range Fire had consumed 1,500 acres on Fort Bliss' Dona Ana Range.
Five air tankers are being used to control the fire that's burning in an inaccessible area that is under an unexploded ordinance, making it hard for hot shot crews to access.
Firefighters now plan a burn-out ahead of the flames to remove potential fuel from the fire's path, which will create more smoke over the next few days.
Fort Bliss Firefighters, U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management personnel are all working together to contain the fire.
A live fire training exercise has been determined to be the cause.