Gila National Forest – Round Fire 6/18/2017 @ 0900

Location:  Aldo Leopold Wilderness, Black Range Ranger District

Start Date:     June 6, 2017               Size:   4,304 acres     Cause: Lightning

Vegetation:    Ponderosa pine and grass with a mixed conifer component

Resources:    Four wildland fire modules, 10 smokejumpers, 4 engines, 2 EMTs, 1 water tender and other fire personnel with a total of 105.

Containment: 0% (managed for multiple resource objectives)

Summary: The Round Fire is currently 4,304 acres burning on the Gila National Forest in the Aldo Leopold Wilderness. An aerial survey will occur later today and the forest will update acreage in tomorrow’s information. The fire is being managed for multiple objectives with the primary objective of maintaining and restoring fire’s natural role in the forest. The fire will restore and enhance diverse ecosystems including Mexican Spotted Owl habitat. By fire maintaining its natural role in the ecosystem, the potential for catastrophic wildfire is reduced.

Yesterday’s ignitions were successful. A structure protection plan is in place around private property and monitoring will continue in this area. The fire behavior continues at low to moderate intensity.

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. Air quality reports are posted on Inciweb.

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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