Gila National Forest – Final Update on Wilderness RD fires – July 5, 2017

Corral Fire

The Corral Fire is estimated at 20,240 acres. This fire is showing low behavior which is as it should in a fire-adapted ecosystem.  Crews have been working to ensure that the fire does not cross Diamond Creek. The area has been black-lined south of the creek. No new growth is anticipated and will be monitored daily until measurable rain has been received. Forest Service Road 150 is open to motorists.

Straw Fire

The Straw Fire, at 9,360 acres, is also in the Gila Wilderness. This fire is 70% contained and further growth is not anticipated.

Copperas Fire

The Copperas Fire, 1 miles west of Copperas Mountain in the Gila Wilderness, at 48 acres, was considered 100% contained on July 3 at 1141.

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.

For further information on fires on the Gila National Forest — https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/unit/3178/ or https://nmfireinfo.com/.

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