Incident Name: Alien fire

Start Date & Time: 9/22/2023 1430

Start Location: Creston Ridge, west of Las Vegas

Latitude: 35.5809

Longitude: -105.2365

Cause of Fire:  unknown

Area Vegetation: timber, grass

Acres Burned: 27

Ownership(s): City of Las Vegas/Private

Structures Threatened: Yes, threat has passed

Structures Burned:  No

Evacuations (Y or N & #): No. Evacuations have been lifted and there are no structures threatened.

Situation: The Alien Fire has burned 27 acres and is 65% contained. All lines held overnight. There is little fire activity in the interior and little visible smoke. Crews are gridding the perimeter and beginning suppression repair work. The Alien Fire was discovered on September 22 at 2:30 p.m. and is located on the Creston Ridge just west of Las Vegas. 

Resources: A total of 27 personnel are responding to the fire.  

Weather: Temperatures are 64 degrees, with winds at 14 mph from the northeast. Relative humidity is 41%. Today calls for a high near 78. North winds 5-10 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Tonight, mostly clear, with a low around 47. South wind 5-15 mph becoming north in the evening. 

Evacuations: Evacuations have been lifted and there are no structures threatened. 

Safety: Please stay out of the fire area to allow crews safe access to the fire. 

Smoke: Individuals sensitive to wildfire smoke should take precautions and use the New Mexico Department of Health 5-3-1 Visibility Method to determine if it’s safe to be outside. Learn more at An interactive smoke map at allows you to zoom into your area to see the latest smoke conditions. 

Internet/ Social Media: The public can continue to follow fires in New Mexico on InciWebNew Mexico Fire Information and New Mexico Forestry Division’s X account (formerly Twitter) and Facebook. Fires can also be viewed through the New Mexico Forest & Watershed Institute’s Fire Viewer.

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