Gila National Forest – Update on Willow Fire for June 14, 2018

Willow Fire Update for Thursday, June 14, 2018

Acres: 574 acres                                                           Percent Containment: 0%

Start Date: June 10, 2018, 2:10pm                                Cause: Lightning

Jurisdiction: Glenwood Ranger District, Gila National Forest

Origin Location: 6 miles east of Mogollon, NM            Fuels: Timber (Litter and Understory)

Resources: 56 personnel

General Information: The Willow Fire is burning on Willow Mountain and in the headwaters of Willow Creek. The fire is currently 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.

A weather pattern forecast is lining up to produce precipitation over the fire area Friday and Saturday. Along with the rain may come lightning, strong down draft winds and unstable weather conditions.

Fire Operations: Crews continue to prep and assess future needs for Willow Creek, Indian Creek and Bearwallow Lookout.  The fire is primarily backing in all directions, primary growth is to the east and south. Minimal fire growth is expected during the anticipated weather event.

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 settle 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) 539-2481                                             Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.



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