Gila National Forest – Final Update and Accomplishments on Area 74 Prescribed Burn

Truth or Consequences, NM, May 14, 2018—For Immediate Release.  The Area 74 Prescribed Burn, on the Black Range Ranger District, began ignitions on Monday, May 7 and ended ignition operations on Wednesday, May 9. In those three days, approximately 7,800 acres were burned.

All personnel on the fire converted to holding operations – which include monitoring the burnt areas and ensuring the fire remains within the planned boundaries. These hard-working firefighters held the fire all weekend, despite wind gusts up to 40 mph. The planned area was a mosaic of first entry prescribed fire to fourth entry prescribed fire. The varied terrain and vegetation types offered a wide variety of opportunity for fire on the landscape and will provide many opportunities in the future for monitoring and learning more about how these vegetation types rebound post-fire. The burn had approximately 100 firefighters, including the Silver City Hot Shots, the Escondido Wildland Fire Use Module, smoke jumpers from Northern Rockies and Pacific Northwest jump bases, and engines from the Willamette, Coronado, Apache-Sitgreaves, and Lincoln National Forests.

The Gila National Forest wishes to extend their deepest appreciation to the fire chiefs at the Winston-Chloride and Poverty Creek Volunteer Fire Departments for their participation and hosting breakfasts and briefings, to the Winston General Store for serving as a Fire Information Center, to Sierra Electric for turning power off and back on, and local landowners and permittees for sharing information within the communities and surrounding lands.

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