Gila National Forest – Round Fire June 15, 2017 @ 0900

Location:  Aldo Leopold Wilderness, Black Range Ranger District,

Start Date:     June 6, 2017               Size:   2,500 acres     Cause: Lightning

Vegetation:    Ponderosa pine and grass (mixed conifer)

Resources:    Four wildland fire modules, 10 smokejumpers, 3 engines, 2 EMTs 1 water tender and other fire personnel with a total of 85.

Containment: 0% (managed for multiple resource objectives)

Summary: The Round Fire is currently 2,500 acres burning on the Gila National Forest in the Aldo Leopold Wilderness. The fire is being managed for multiple objectives with the primary objective of allowing fire to function in its natural role in the forest. The fire will restore and enhance diverse ecosystems including Mexican spotted owl. The fire has a collateral benefit of reducing the potential for large scale stand replacing fire in the future which will assist in protection of private lands adjacent to the fire area.

The perimeter of the fire is active with low to moderate fire behavior, which is primarily a backing fire or moving downhill. Fire crews will continue monitoring the fire today, prepping fence lines, and improving control lines.

There are no area, road, or trail closures relating to the Round Fire at this time. The Gila National Forest is currently open to the public. Public may experience smoky conditions if driving on FS Road 226 and/or State Highway 59.

Fire information can be found at or For information on the Gila National Forest, check out our website at or join the conversation on Facebook at or on Twitter @GilaNForest.

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