Gila National Forest – Gravel Fire June 22, 2017 @ 0900

Location:  in the area of Snow Lake, Reserve Ranger District, Gila National Forest

Start Date:  June 9, 2017                  Size:  2,873 acres                  Cause: Lightning

Vegetation:  Short grasses, timber understory and heavy logging slash

Resources:  77 personnel, including 2 Type 6 engines.

Containment:  0% (managed for multiple resource objectives)

Summary:  The Gravel Fire is burning on National Forest System Lands. The northern edge of this fire is in the Turkey Creek drainage, the eastern edge has reached FR 28 along the Gilita drainage; the southern edge is in the Indian Creek drainage and the western border is FR 153S. Cres will continue patrolling and monitoring Indian Creek and Gilita Creek along FR 28.

Snow Lake is still open as are the Dipping Vat, Willow Creek and Ben Lilly Campgrounds. 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  Air Quality reports are available on Inciweb.

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