Gila National Forest – Meadow Fire Update for June 7, 2018

Acres:  ~200 Start Date: June 3, 2018
Cause:  Human Location: Silver City RD, NW of Signal Peak Lookout
Containment: 95% Fuels: Grass, oak brush, heavy dead and down and ponderosa pine
Total personnel:  85 Incident Commander: E. Huerta, ICT4

Summary:  The Meadow Fire is burning on Forest Service lands north of Signal Peak. Interior smoke is diminishing.  All lines are being held and crews continue to secure the edges of the fire.

General Fire Information: Fire investigators were able to determine the location of the origin near a dirt road. The cause of the fire was determined to be from exhaust system particles.

Safety:  The Gila National Forest reminds the public that the forest is in Stage 2 Fire Restrictions.   We want to remind all ATV users that their vehicles are still allowed on NFS lands, but must have a properly installed and effectively working spark arresting device.

Smoke may continue to be visible in the area. 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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