Gila National Forest – Outlaw Fire

Location:  West of U.S. Highway 180, Glenwood Ranger District, Gila National Forest. Legal description – T13S, R20W, Section 2.

Start Date:  July 15, 2017                               Size: ~8 acres                     Cause:  Lightning

Vegetation:  Grasses and pinon juniper                 Resources:  Monitoring.                               

Containment:  0%

Summary:  The Outlaw Fire is burning on National Forest System Lands on the Glenwood Ranger District, Gila National Forest.  The fire is currently being monitored. The southwestern U.S. has entered monsoon season and there is a chance of precipitation. Smoke is visible west of U.S. Hwy 180 in the area of the Hot Springs Trailhead to the Moon Ranch turnoff; and then again at the junction of U.S. Hwy 180 and Hwy 79 (Mule Creek Road) to the Arizona border.

Smoke from fire rises up and away during the daytime, but in the evening smoke can pool back down in canyons, drainages, and basins. 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. Fire information can be found at nmfireinfo.com.

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