Gila National Forest – Buzzard Fire Update for June 10, 2018

Favorable Weather Conditions Provide Firefighters Opportunities to Continue Line Construction

June 10, 2018 Daily Update

Acres: 41,227                                  Start Date: May 22, 2018

Cause: Human-caused                  Location: 10 miles NE of Reserve, NM (Gila NF)

Containment: 69%                        Fuels: Timber (litter, grass and understory)

Total Personnel: 383                                                                 


General Information:  With the cloudy conditions on Saturday, fire activity moderated throughout the day.  Crews are beginning to construct and strengthen control lines along the southwestern edge of the fire to protect private land, wildlife habitat, cultural resources and grazing allotments.  Suppression repair and rehabilitation work on the eastern portion of the fire nears completion.  The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team continues to assess private property to develop emergency treatments to protect properties from extreme water runoff and erosion.

Fire Operations:  As the fire continues to back toward the southwest, control lines are being constructed in locations where firefighters have safe access to secure the fire.  Crews are supporting dozer line construction from FR 145 to Flattop Mesa and building hand line from Flattop Mesa to Piney Tank area.  Water pumps and hose lays are being installed along control lines from Stump Tank area to FR 233 in anticipation of firing operations.   In the eastern portion of the fire, fire suppression repair and rehabilitation continues with excavators constructing water bars (erosion control structures) on dozer lines, seeding constructed control lines, and pulling brush and small logs over lines to aid in revegetation.    

Fire Safety Awareness:  It continues to be extremely dry all over the southwest region, visitors and residents are reminded that Stage 2 Fire Restrictions are in effect on the Gila National Forest.  In the vicinity of the Buzzard Fire, people should remain alert for heavy fire traffic as equipment and personnel will be travelling the roadways. 

Fire Weather:  Sunday will be mostly sunny with no chance of rain.  Starting today, westerly winds will move into the area which will bring a return of hot and dry conditions.

Closures: The area around the fire will remain closed for public safety until lifted by the Gila National Forest. Roadblocks have been set up by local law enforcement. In support of this closure, the Continental Divide Trail has been rerouted around the fire closures. The trail reroute map is available at More closure information is available at For more information on Stage 2 fire restrictions, please visit

Smoke Situation: As the fire slowly backs through old burn scars toward containment lines, only moderate amounts of smoke are expected, causing minor impacts to the majority of populated areas. Ranches to the south and the down-drainage areas near Reserve may experience late night and early morning smoke impacts. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. For more information on air quality and health impacts due to wildfire smoke, please visit the New Mexico Department of Health website at Smoke concentration data is available at:

Fire Information Links: Fire information can be found at and  For information on the Gila National Forest, please visit

 Fire Information: (602) 529-5924                                  Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.



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