A fire is burning in heavy fuels in the Manzano Mountains this afternoon, southwest of Capilla Peak. That’s according to Arlene Perea of the Forest Service, who said the blaze has been dubbed the Comanche Fire.
Perea said the fire is a few miles southwest of Capilla Peak on the west side of the mountain, and an estimate about half an hour ago put the fire at “an acre or an acre and a half,” she said.
Perea said crews are hiking to the site, which is in steep and rugged terrain in the wildnerness, unlike the Dog Head Fire, which started in accessible terrain near Fourth of July Campground before it scorched 18,000 acres near Chilili.
The Comanche Fire is being worked with single engine air tankers, heavy air tankers and helicopters, Perea said, adding that Smoke Jumpers will be parachuting in as well. Aircraft are dropping water and retardant, she said.