Gila National Forest – Corral Fire & Straw Fire 6/21/2017

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Corral Fire

The Corral Fire is estimated at 16,924 acres and is burning with low to moderate intensity in pinon juniper grassland fuels and some pine stringers.  The fire received some precipitation and thunderstorms are expected through Thursday. Operations for the next 3-5 days included continuing to prep FR 150 and Middle Mesa Trail to the boundary of the Gila Wilderness. This fire is behaving as it should in a fire adapted ecosystem.  The strategy of this fire is to reduce live woody fuels, reduce fuel loads on the ground, improve forest health and watershed conditions, and support the reintroduction of fire in the natural ecosystem. This fire is now under a Type 3 Organization.

Forest Service Road 150 is open to motorists. Traffic will be heavier than usual, so please exercise caution and yield to fire vehicles as needed.

Straw Fire

The Straw Fire, at 7,000 acres, is also in the Gila Wilderness. Fire behavior is low to moderate.  This fire is about 2.5 miles east of the Gila Cliff Dwellings. This fire is also being managed for multiple objectives including fuels reduction, reduce live wood density in the pinon-juniper and maintain the natural role of fire in the Wilderness.  The district will monitor the Straw Fire from Mogollon Baldy Lookout, high points on HWY 15 and the occasional aerial reconnaissance.

Smoke can hurt your eyes, irritate your respiratory system, and intensify chronic heart and lung problems. Your eyes are your best tools to determine if it’s safe to be outside. If visibility is over 5 miles, the air quality is generally good. If you are having health effects from smoke exposure then take extra care to stay inside or get to an area with better air quality. You should also see your doctor or healthcare professional as needed. For information on air quality and protecting your health, and to find guidance on distances and visibility, please visit https://nmtracking.org/fire.

Air Quality reports for both east and west of the Continental Divide are posted on Inciweb. For further information on this fire https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/unit/3178/ or https://nmfireinfo.com/.

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