Gila National Forest – FINAL Black Range Complex Fires Update – 7/26/2016

Silver City, NM; July 26, 2016 – For Immediate Release – The Black Range Complex Fires on the Black Range Ranger District consist of four fires: the Kline and Cooney Fires started July 8, the Corduroy Fire on July 17, and the Boiler Fire on July 18. These lightning-caused fires are located in the Black Range Mountains, 65 miles northwest of Truth or Consequences, NM. As these fires burn, pre-determined management areas have been designated for fire management. The Black Range Complex Fires are currently 4,297 acres, at 10% contained.  There are currently 71 fire personnel assigned.  Fire management for the Black Range Complex Fire will be transferred back to the Black Range Ranger District on Wednesday morning, July 27, 2016 at 6:00 AM, and managed by the local district Type 3 fire organization.

Yesterday, the Black Range Complex Fire continued demobilizing fire line personnel.  Cooney Fire crews began scouting FR 142C for rehabilitation.   Kline Fire rehabilitation inventories are now complete and the fire is in patrol status. Kline Fire crews will be available for initial response to any new fire starts within the Black Range Complex management area. The Boiler Fire remains in monitoring status.

Today on the Cooney Fire, dozer operations will begin on road repairs to FR 142C, weather permitting. The road was used heavily throughout the suppression and rehabilitation efforts during the incident.  Fire crews will continue rehabilitating trail improvements within the Cooney Fire perimeter. The Kline Fire is in patrol status, while the Boiler Fire remains in monitor status.

The Type 3 Gila Las Cruces Incident Management Team would like to thank the local communities for supporting the firefighters during the Black Range Complex Fires. The entire Black Range Ranger District Staff provided valuable assistance in supporting the firefighters and team’s mission.

The weather forecast for the Black Range Complex Fires today calls for additional isolated showers and thunderstorms continuing each afternoon and evening. Smoke conditions are very minimal within close proximity to fire perimeters.  There have been no evacuations associated with the Black Range Complex.

All temporary Area Closure Orders have been lifted within the vicinity of the Blank Range Complex Fires.   As conditions warrant, future closure orders could be reposted if additional fire activities increase within the Black Range Complex management area.

This will be the last update on the Black Range Complex Fires unless significant fire activity occurs. For more information, please contact the Black Range Ranger District at: (575) 772-5747 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday, or visit the New Mexico Fire Information website at www.nmfireinfo.com; and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.  Also, you can find additional information at https://www.facebook.com/GilaNForest, and http://www.fs.usda.gov/gila  Twitter: @gilanforest.

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