Gila National Forest – Final Update for Willow Fire, June 15, 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

This will be the final update unless significant fire activity occurs.

General Information: Due to the moderation of fire activity, the Willow Fire will transfer command Saturday, June 16, 2018 morning to a Type 4 organization.

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.

Fire Operations: The fire received light precipitation.  Crews continued to monitor the fire, assess structures for an updated structure plan for Willow Creek, and prep around Bearwallow Lookout. 

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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