Gila National Forest – Update on Willow Fire for June 13, 2018

Location: 6 miles east of Mogollon, NM, Glenwood Ranger District, Gila National Forest Start Date:  June 10, 2018
Cause:  Lightning Vegetation: Heavy dead and down mixed conifer, ponderosa pine;  and in burn scar from 2012 Whitewater-Baldy Complex
Resources: 1 IHC crew, 1 Wildfire Use Module, 1 Initial Attack crew, 1 Type 3 helicopter Size:  ~ 375 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 on Willow Mountain and in the headwaters of Willow Creek. The fire has crossed Crest Trail #182. The fire is burning in the Whitewater-Baldy Fire scar (2012) in heavy dead and down fuels. The majority of the fire perimeter is in the Gila Wilderness. Area Closures are in effect.

Fire Operations: The fire continues to grow slowly with moderate fire behavior. Perimeter growth on Tuesday was primarily to the south up Willow Mountain with only about 50-75 acres change in size. Crews continue to assess and implement structure protection for the values at risk — 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

Fire Information: (575) 388-8211                            Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.



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