Gila National Forest – Round Fire Update – 6/12/2017 @ 0900

Location:  Aldo Leopold Wilderness, Black Range Ranger District,

Start Date:     June 6, 2017               Size:   ~3,000 acres   Cause: Lightning

Vegetation:    Ponderosa pine and grass

Resources:    Two wildland fire modules, smokejumpers, 1 engine, and district personnel totaling 50

Containment: 0% (managed for multiple resource objectives)

Summary: The Round Fire is burning on National Forest System lands in the Aldo Leopold Wilderness. Values at risk include private property and structures, range improvements, heritage resources, Gila trout habitat, and Mexican spotted owl habitat.  The objective for managing the fire for multiple resource objectives is to allow fire to play its natural role in the ecosystem while reducing hazardous fuels; this would reduce future catastrophic wildfire effects.

The past 24 hours has shown moderate fire behavior with backing to the southwest and moving east-northeast.  The weather forecast is for continued warmth, with low relative humidity and possible afternoon winds. The plan for today is to continue structure protection, and prepping Caledonia Trail and Diamond Creek.

Fire information can be found at nmfireinfo.com. 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 on Twitter @GilaNForest.PIO_11X17_Port_20170612_RoundMountainIMG_1987

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