Gila National Forest – Kerr Wildfire at 9:30 a.m. 5/11/2017 – Final

Reserve Ranger District – Kerr Wildfire (Lat:  33.48.9 x Long. -108.28.27) 2665 acres.  17% contained. Located 17 miles northeast of Reserve. 


The Kerr fire received snow and rain yesterday. Fire spread and activity have decreased significantly.

Due to more accurate mapping the acreage has decreased. Resources will continue monitoring fire behavior. Smoke will still be visible from Apache Creek and Aragon, NM.

This is the final update on Kerr fire unless there are significant changes.



Kerr Wildfire Update – 5/10/17 10:00 – Kerr fire activity was moderated yesterday due to the current moisture received and higher relative humidity and cooler temperatures. Minimal fire growth was observed on the southern flank.  The majority of fire activity was on the northern flank on top of ridgetops within mixed conifer in the afternoon.   Expected weather for today is a chance for moisture with the system moving out by early Thursday.  Thursday weather is expected to become warmer and drier.

Today and tomorrow crews will continue monitoring and patrolling. The lower temps and moisture this week will begin to dry and temperatures will begin to rise on Friday. Warmer weather along with increasing winds are forecast throughout the weekend into early next week.

Kerr Wildfire Update – 5/9/17 10:00 a.m. – Measurable amounts of precipitation fell over a majority of the fire yesterday afternoon. Weather will dictate operations on the fire today, plans include ignitions along FR289 to the intersection of FR289C and complete the prepping of FR94 and a fence line.

Fire managers are utilizing and maintaining low intensity fire within mixed conifer, Spotted Owl habitat and ponderosa pine stands to reduce fuel loading, improve forest and watershed health while minimizing future undesirable fire effects for the future.

Kerr Wildfire Update – 5/8/17 10:30 a.m. – Resources on the fire continue to prep FR 289 in anticipation of ignitions. Weather conditions will dictate operations this afternoon. Fire is holding to the East, growth is expected to the West and North.

Fire managers anticipate low to moderate fire to create a mosaic across the designated fire area. This will result in a reduction of fuel loading which will protect mixed conifer and Mexican Spotted Owl habitat. The Kerr Fire continues to meet multiple objectives improving the health of fire dependent vegetation in the area.



Kerr Wildfire Update – 5/7/17 10:30 a.m.- Aerial ignitions were conducted yesterday morning along with monitoring and holding to the East and South. The fire received light precipitation yesterday, minimal growth is still expected to the North and West. Firefighters will continue prepping FR 289. The weather is forecasted to be similar today which could bring gusty winds and more lightning this afternoon.


Kerr Wildfire Update – 5/6/17 11:30 a.m. – Yesterday’s aerial ignitions were successful and will continue today on the interior of the fire. Firefighters will continue to monitor fire spread and behavior as well as the forecasted weather system pushing through the area.

CDT hikers in the area are advised to check in with the Reserve Ranger District office at 575.533.6232. No alternate routes are needed at this time if hikers are using the trail. For those using the road system contact the Ranger District for up to date information to stay clear of any fire activity.


Holding off of FR 289

Kerr Wildfire Update – 5/5/17 4:40 p.m. – Fire operations planned for today include monitoring fire spread and behavior, prep and burn out from FR289 as needed, and begin aerial ignitions. Minimal isolated torching has occurred. This wildfire is reducing the fuel load and helping with restoring healthy regrowth and watershed restoration, to minimize fire intensity, and mitigate impacts to Continental Divide Trail and Mexican Spotted Owl Habitat.


Kerr Wildfire from Apache Creek Store


  • Reserve Ranger District on the Gila National Forest

  • John Kerr Peak, 17 miles northeast of Reserve

  • Catron County, New Mexico

Start Date:      May 1, 2017                Size:    550 acres        Cause:  Lightning

Vegetation:    Ponderosa Pine, Gamble Oak, Pinon/Juniper

Smoke:           Smoke may be visible within the surrounding area of Apache Creek, Cruzville, Aragon, and Reserve, NM

Resources:    3 engines, Gila Hotshots         Incident Commander: Joe Aragon, IC-4

Summary: The Kerr Fire is burning on National Forest lands. Values at risk include Continental Divide trail which is located east of the fire, range improvement infrastructure and Mexican Spotted Owl habitat. CDT hikers in the area are advised to check in with the Reserve Ranger District office at 575.533.6232 for alternate routes in order to avoid fire activity. Maps of alternative routes are available at the district office, on the Gila NF website and on Inciweb at

Fire operations continued by bringing fire from FR289B along FR 289 back toward FR4037N. This operation secured this section of FR 289. Minimal isolated torching has occurred. The fire effects within mixed conifer are meeting objectives in reducing fuel loads and helping with restoring healthy regrowth and watershed restoration.

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