Gila National Forest – Black Range Complex Fires Update – 7/13/2016

Beaverhead, NM, – Wednesday, July 13, 2016 – The Black Range Complex Fires on the Black Ranger Range District consist of two fires: the Kline Fire and the Cooney Fire. These lightning-caused fires started on Friday, July 8, and are located in the Black Range Mountains, 65 miles northwest of Truth Consequences, NM.

The Cooney Fire is located near Cooney Prairie (T10S, R14W, Sec 13), is approximately 1,200 acres burning in low to moderate pine, oak and grass. The Kline Fire is located near Kline Mountain (T10ZS, R10W, Sec 14), is approximately 50 acres burning Ponderosa pine and piñon–juniper.

Today, fire crews continue to monitor low to moderate fire behavior on the Cooney Fire burning in pine, oak and grass. The Kline fire continues to show a low to moderate fire behavior in Ponderosa pine and piñon–juniper. As both the Cooney Fire and Kline Fires burn, predetermined management areas are being designated to manage these fires within those boundaries. There are currently 70 fire personnel assigned to the Black Range Complex Fires.

The Gila/Las Cruces Type 3 Incident Management Team lead by IC Ricky Cox is managing the Black Range Complex Fires for multiple resource objectives. These objectives include reducing hazardous fuels, maintain fire in a fire-adapted ecosystem, increasing firefighter and public safety, and protecting cultural resources and wildlife habitat and returning fire adapted ecosystem.

The extended weather forecast surrounding the Black Range Complex Fires calls for a continued warming and drying trend, along with breezy and gusty afternoon wind continuing into the evening hours, through the weekend. Smoke is visible from Wolf Hollow Campground. Campers can expect drifting smoke and haze from the Cooney Fire. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health website at: https://nmtracking.org/fire.

At this time there are no road advisories or closures in place. There are no trail system closures within the Black Range Complex Fire perimeter.

For more information, please contact the Fire Information Line at: (575) 772-5747 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. located at the Incident Command Post at Beaver Head Work Center or visit the New Mexico Fire Information website at www.nmfireinfo.com.

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