Situation: Crews have been able to stop the forward spread of the fire, preventing it cresting a ridge that would have let it threaten additional homes. An air tanker from Alamogordo made one retardant drop, which helped give crews on the ground time to get ahead of the fire and secure fire lines. Crews will continue to mop up the burn area and work to hold containment lines. Crews will be on the fire throughout the evening looking for hot spots. So far, no containment percentage has been reported tonight. It may be tomorrow before one is given, to make sure containment lines hold through the night.

Start Date & Time: 4/9/2014 @ 15:15
Start Location: 78 Whitewater Road, east of Highway 90, south of Tyrone, Grant County.

Cause of Fire: human, specific cause not reported
Area Vegetation: grass, brush, oak
Acres Burned: estimate 30-40 acres
Ownership(s): Private

Structures Threatened: 6 or more residences, but none immediately threatened at this time.
Structures Burned: two out buildings lost
Evacuations (Y or N & #): none reported

% contained: none reported

Temperature: 73 degrees
Relative Humidity: 6%
Wind Speeds: 12 mph
Wind Direction: from the west

# of Personnel: 30
# of Crews: one 10 person module from USFS
# of Engines: multiple VFDs, one USFS, and NMSF E-31 en-route from Socorro

# of air tankers: released at 1850
# of water tenders: 4 VFD

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