Gila National Forest – Spurgeon Fire Final Update

Location: Mile post 38 on US Hwy 180, north of Alma, NM, Glenwood Ranger District Start Date:  June 11, 2018
Cause:  Human Caused Vegetation: grasses
Resources: 3 Type 6 engines, 1 Type 3 engine, 1 Type 2 IA Crew, 1 Type 3 Helicopter, 2 SEATs, and 1 Utility Chase Truck Size:  ~ 80 acres
Containment: 100% as of June 12. Incident Commander: Moore ICT5

Summary: The Spurgeon Fire, was burning on National Forest System lands, on Glenwood Ranger District in Catron County, NM. It was on both sides of US Hwy 180, mile post 39, north of Alma, NM, and called 100% contained on

The Gila National Forest is in Stage 2 Fire Restrictions. For detailed information, please refer to Forest Order 06-18-006.  Fire was reported as a vehicle driving on a flat tire. The forest wishes to remind the public of the One Less Spark messaging that reminds us to “Be Wheel Safe” and check tire pressure. Driving on an exposed wheel rim throws sparks. In addition, New Mexico continues to be very dry and parking or idling over tall grasses could cause a fire.

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