Gila National Forest – Willow Fire Update for June 12, 2018

Location: 6 miles east of Mogollon, NM, Glenwood Ranger District, Gila National Forest Start Date:  June 10, 2018
Cause:  Lightning Vegetation: Heavy logging slash, dead and down from 2012 Whitewater-Baldy Complex
Resources: One Type 3 helicopter, one Initial Attack crew Size:  ~ 400 acres
Containment: 0% Incident Commander: J. Hammer, ICT3, M. Cornwell, ICT3t

General Information: The Willow Fire, is burning on National Forest System lands, on Glenwood Ranger District in Catron County, NM. It is about 400 yards above Crest Trail #182 where it benches into a saddle, therefore Crest Trail #182 will be closed from Sandy Point to Trail #172 for public health and safety.

Fire Operations: The fire is burning fairly hot in heavy timber and spotting. Crews are assessing Willow Creek Subdivision, Indian Creek Cabins and the Bearwallow Lookout for structure protection needs.  With fire fighter safety being first priority, fire management officials have determined that an indirect strategy with point protection tactics is the best strategy for this fire. Values at risk are the Indian Creek cabins, the Bearwallow Lookout, and the Willow Creek subdivision.

Closures: The Gila National Forest has implemented a temporary closure order (Forest Order 06-18-009) for public health and safety. We ask that the public respect the closure order for their safety and the safety of firefighting crews working in the area. NM Hwy 159 is closed at mile post 12 into Willow Creek.

Smoke from fire rises up and away during the daytime, but in the evening smoke can pool back down in canyons, drainages, and basins. For information on air quality and protecting your health, and to find guidance on distances and visibility, please visit Fire information can be found at and on Inciweb at

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