Gila National Forest – Final Kerr Fire Update, 5/27/2017 at 8:50 a.m.

Kerr Fire – May 27, 2017 – 8:50 a.m.
Location: 17 miles northeast of Reserve, New Mexico
Start Date: May 1, 2017 Size: 11,866 acres
Contained: 75%  Cause: Lightning
Vegetation: Ponderosa Pine, Gambel Oak, Pinon/Juniper
Resources: Engines: 2, Type 1 Crew: 1, Total personnel: 27

The fire will transition to a type 4 organization at 7:00 a.m. tomorrow morning, this will be the final news release unless there is significant change or increase in fire activity.

Fire Fighters are working to bring the Kerr Fire to a monitoring and patrol stage. Fire growth is not expected within the planning area. We continue to work to meet objectives. Those objectives include safety of firefighters and the public, protecting known values at risk and resources within the planning area, minimizing fire intensity in Mixed Conifer and Mexican Spotted Owl Habitat, keeping fire within defined boundaries (FR289 and FR94), and providing timely and accurate information. 

Precipitation is forecasted in the fire area for next week.

Local Fire Fighters will continue to patrol and monitor the Kerr Fire over the next several days.

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Kerr Fire – May 26, 2017 – 9:45 a.m.

Fire Fighters are working to bring the Kerr Fire to a monitoring and patrol stage. Minimal fire growth and fire spread will continue within defined boundaries. We continue to work to meet objectives. Those objectives include safety of firefighters and the public, protecting known values at risk and resources within the planning area, minimizing fire intensity in Mixed Conifer and Mexican Spotted Owl Habitat, keeping fire within defined boundaries (FR289 and FR94), and providing timely and accurate information.

Precipitation is expected in the fire area Monday through Thursday of next week.

Local Fire Fighters will continue to patrol and monitor the Kerr Fire over the next several days.

Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory or heart disease 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.

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Kerr Fire – May 25, 2017 – 10:00 a.m.

Fire managers are very pleased with the activity on the Kerr Wildfire over the past few weeks. Favorable conditions yesterday allowed fire crews to complete an additional 1,100 acres.

Resources will continue hand ignitions along FR 94. They will continue from FR4035O to FR4035N.  Resources will continue patrolling the fire perimeter and monitoring the fire.

Fire Managers intend on completing firing operations by Saturday and transitioning to a Type 4 organization. Each day leading up to then will be a decrease in smoke as fire fighters conduct the final stages of burning out.

Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory or heart disease 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.

Fire effects within the Kerr Fire have removed heavy fuel loads, reduced forest tree densities and ladder fuels. These effects within the John Kerr Peak area have reduced the threat of future undesirable fire effects.

CDT hikers in the area – there are no closures due to the Kerr fire, however use caution. There is heavy smoke in the John Kerr Peak area.

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Kerr Fire – May 24, 2017 – 9:15 a.m.

Resources will be patrolling the fire perimeter, and monitoring fire activity today. Interior hand ignitions will continue east northeast of FR4035N. Hand ignitions will continue west on FR94 towards FR4035N.

Fire Managers intend on completing firing operations by Saturday and transitioning to a Type 4 organization. Each day leading up to then will be a decrease in smoke as fire fighters conduct the final stages of burning out.

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Kerr Fire – May 23, 2017 – 11:30 a.m.

Resources will be holding, patrolling, and monitoring throughout the day. Ignitions will continue from 4035O towards FR 94.

Smoke emissions will increase over the next few days. This is due to the fire working its way across the landscape and warmer temperatures. As fire fighters are conducting the final stages of burning out, smoke will continue to move into the San Francisco and Tularosa Valleys. Burning out will create a lack of fuel and reduce smoke over the weekend.

Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory or heart disease 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.

Fire effects within the Kerr Fire have removed heavy fuel loads, reduced forest tree densities and ladder fuels. These effects within the John Kerr Peak area have reduced the threat of future undesirable fire effects.

CDT hikers in the area – there are no closures due to the Kerr fire, however use caution. There is heavy smoke in the John Kerr Peak area.

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Kerr Fire – May 22, 2017 – 11:30 a.m.

Interior aerial ignitions occurred yesterday and is expected to continue today. Hand ignition will also continue along FR289 from FR4035K South Squirrel Springs Canyon southwestward towards FR 94.

Resources will be holding, patrolling, and monitoring throughout the day today.

Smoke will settle in the San Francisco valley in the evenings and disperse in the morning as the sun and temperatures rise.

Regarding smoke, in the event of a prescribed fire or wildfire: If visibility becomes lower because of smoke, please visit the NM Department of Health’s smoke page:  https://nmtracking.org/fire

CDT hikers in the area – there are no closures due to the Kerr fire, however use caution, there is heavy smoke in the John Kerr Peak area.

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Kerr Fire – May 21, 2017 – 9:30 a.m.

Aerial and hand ignitions will occur today. Resources will continue hand lighting along FR289 southwestward towards FR4035O in the Cold Springs Canyon. Aerial ignitions will take place towards the interior of the fire in the Squirrel Springs Canyon area.

Resources will be holding, patrolling, and monitoring throughout the day today.

Smoke will settle in the San Francisco valley in the evenings and disperse in the morning as the sun and temperatures rise.

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Kerr Fire – May 20, 2017 – 10:00 a.m.

Hand ignitions will occur today along FR 289 near John Kerr Peak southwestward towards FR 4035K south of Squirrel Springs Canyon.

Resources will be holding, patrolling, and monitoring throughout the day today.

Kerr Fire – May 19, 2017 – 10:00 a.m.

Resources will bone pile (drag unburned fuel into a pile) and burn heavies along FR 289 where hand ignitions occurred yesterday. Resources will continue to patrol southern, eastern, and northern flanks.

Resources will be holding, patrolling, and monitoring throughout the day today. Ignitions will take place if conditions are favorable for burning off the FR 289.

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Kerr Fire – May 18, 2017 – 10:00 a.m.

The Kerr Fire grew 2,868 acres. This acreage increase is due to the hand and aerial ignitions conducted yesterday. Hand ignitions from FR289C to FR4033S have been completed.

Weather will dictate operations today. Resources will continue to monitor and patrol northern, eastern, and southern flanks.

Resources continued hand ignitions yesterday from FR 289C toward FR4033S. Fire is expected to slowly grow to the west over the next several days. Resources held and patrolled through the high winds yesterday afternoon.

Kerr Fire – May 17, 2017 – 10:00 a.m.

Today hand ignitions will continue along FR 289 towards FR 4033S. Interior aerial ignitions may continue weather permitting. The northern, eastern and southern flank of fire will continue to be patrolled.

It is anticipated with the increase in fire activity to the West in Arizona that the Mule Creek, Glenwood, Reserve, and, Luna area will be impacted by smoke in the afternoons.

Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory or heart disease 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.

For information on the Gila National Forest, check out our website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/gila or join the conversation on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GilaNForest/ or follow us on Twitter @GilaNForest.

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Holding on FR289

Kerr Fire – May 15, 2017 – 9:30 a.m.

Summary: Minimal fire behavior was observed yesterday, Engine personnel hand ignited interior pockets of unburned fuels on the northeast flank of the fire. The Type 3 organization assumed command this morning.

Fire managers plan to initiate ignitions this morning. With favorable weather conditions today, aerial ignitions will be utilized this afternoon. There will be an increase in smoke today that will be visible from Aragon, Apache Creek, Reserve, and Datil.

The current strategy for the Kerr fire will continue as planned by utilizing this opportunity to allow fire to treat the fire dependent vegetation within the management area. Fire effects within the areas that have burned have removed heavy fuel loads, decreased forest tree densities and decreased ladder fuels. These effects within the John Kerr Peak area have reduced the threat of future undesirable fire effects.

Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory or heart disease 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.

For information on the Gila National Forest, check out our website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/gila or join the conversation on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/GilaNForest/ or follow us on Twitter @GilaNForest.

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