Gila National Forest – Update on June 11, 2017 – Two Lightning-Caused Fires on Reserve Ranger District

Update on June 11, 2017 – Two Lightning-Caused Fires on Reserve Ranger District

Teacher Fire

The Teacher fire, at 40 acres, is creeping in grass and downed logs.  Minimal growth occurred yesterday .Due to the steep terrain and the amount of snags and wind projected, the decision was made for health and safety not to place wildland firefighters into the area.  Yesterday, crews tied in the handline from Snow Lake/Dipping Vat Campgrounds to FR 713.  Today, crews will start prepping FR 713 back to CAT-C021.

Gravel Fire

The Gravel Fire is estimated at 40 acres.  Resources got to the fire yesterday and assessed it.  The fire is located in the Bear and Whitewater-Baldy fire scars.  Plan for today and through Monday, the fire will only be watched from the surrounding accessible roads.  This area also has a high concentration of snags so the decision was made not to put wildland firefighters in the area.

Smoke will be visible from main roads in that area. 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

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