LAS CRUCES – The Foster Fire burning in New Mexico’s bootheel region was reassessed and confirmed to be about 7,500 acres in size Wednesday.
The Hidalgo County blaze was first reported May 29 in the Peloncillo Mountains of the Coronado National Forest. It was reported to be over 10,000 acres in size Tuesday, but crews were able to reassess the perimeter with a more accurate mapping system. The fire is now confirmed to have burned 7,503 acres about 22 miles south of Rodeo.
Fire activity was minimal Tuesday allowing crews to transition out of a direct attack. Instead, incident personnel worked on securing the perimeter and mopping up. As of Wednesday morning, perimeter containment is reported at 10% largely along the fire’s eastern flank.
No structures or resources are currently threatened by the blaze. Weather conditions are favorable at the moment, but dry lightning will be possible Thursday.
A temporary flight restriction remains in place over the wildfire including civilian drones and private aircraft.
Farther north in Hidalgo County, the Cinnamon Fire is burning 981 acres of private land near Brushy Creek south of Lordsburg. It was reported May 24.
New Mexico Forestry Division and Bureau of Land Management crews are unable to directly fight the fire due to rugged terrain. They are instead monitoring the perimeter and constructing fire line where possible.
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Leah Romero is the trending reporter at the Las Cruces Sun-News and can be reached at 575-418-3442, [email protected] or @rromero_leah on Twitter.