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Event Details

Event Lightning
County/Area LINCOLN
Report Source Newspaper
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2009-05-20 16:00:00.0 MST-7
Begin Location 5W ENCINOSO
Begin Lat/Lon 33.6827/-105.5635
End Date 2009-05-24 17:00:00.0 MST-7
End Location 8NNW PINE LODGE
End Lat/Lon 33.7272/-105.2995
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 25.00K
Crop Damage
Episode Narrative A strong cold front moving south and west across the eastern plains approached the Capitan mountains on May the 20th. Thunderstorms developed ahead of the front producing little rain, but strong winds and numerous lightning strikes. The lightning produced 13 separate fires. The three largest fires burned 44,000 acres of rangeland around Capitan, Arabela and Picacho. At least six ranches received damage by the fires and there was a loss of some livestock.
Event Narrative Three major fires consumed around 44,000 acres of rangeland from May 20th into the 24th. The three fires were located north of Capitan, around Arabela and near Picacho. The most significant of these was the Fresquez 2 fire north of Capitan. It burned around 10,000 acres north of Highway 246/48 and six ranches suffered fire damage to various degrees. Burned pasture/grassland was the main fire damage as no structures were damaged. However, several cattle were killed in the blaze.


All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 0 0 25.00K 0.00K
ENCINOSO LINCOLN CO. NM 05/20/2009 16:00 MST-7 Lightning 0 0 25.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 25.00K 0.00K