Gila National Forest – Update on Meadow Fire for June 6, 2018

Acres:  ~160 Start Date: June 3, 2018
Cause:  Under investigation Location: Silver City RD, NW of Signal Peak Lookout
Containment: 80% Fuels: Grass, oak brush, heavy dead and down and ponderosa pine
Total personnel:  100 Incident Commander: M. Schinstock, iCT4

Summary:  The Meadow Fire is burning on Forest Service lands north of Signal Peak. Initial attack crews responded with full suppression strategy. There continues to be smoke in the interior of the fire and crews are continuing to work on mop-up and security the edges.

General Fire Information: Mopping up is part of fire operations and involves patrolling the perimeter of the fire; extinguishing or removing burning material near the control lines, felling snags, and trenching logs to prevent rolling after an areas has burned. The purpose being to make a fire safe and/or to reduce residual smoke.

Smoke may continue to be visible in Pinos Altos and surrounding areas. 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-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 Fire information can be found at and on Inciweb at

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