Gila National Forest – Update on Buzzard Fire for June 21, 2018

Acres: 48,170                                                                               Start Date: May 22, 2018

Cause: Human-caused                                                                Location: 10 miles NE of Reserve, NM (Gila NF)

Containment: 82%                                                                      Fuels: Timber (litter, grass and understory)

Total Personnel: 140 

General Information: On Wednesday, June 19 a transfer of command to the Type 3 team occurred. The Type 3 Incident Commander is Scott Jones, with Marcus Cornwell as trainee. On Thursday, June 21, firefighters took action to suppress the fire and are conducting firing operations and suppression actions in the southwest corner of the fire’s perimeter. The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team began emergency treatments to protect life, property, natural and cultural resources.

Fire Operations: The BAER team is working on projects such as removing debris (logs, brush, and excess soil) from roadside ditches, culverts and water diversion ditches on roads within and surrounding the fire.  Additionally, stream channels will be cleared of woody debris.  These treatments will allow for the free flow of water runoff after heavy rain storms and reduce the chances of erosion and downstream flooding.   The fire suppression repair and rehabilitation crews will continue to work with two rubber-tired skidders, an excavator, and a dozer to construct water bars and pull material over control lines to aid in revegetation on the southeast side.  On the west portion of the fire crews will conduct indirect firing operations to limit fire spread. Direct suppression efforts will be employed on the fire’s southern flank as opportunities arise to safely do so. Aviation resources will also be employed to aid in suppression activities.

Fire Safety/Closures:  The Gila National Forest is in Stage 1 Fire Restrictions. Fire Danger is still rated as VERY HIGH. The area around the fire remains closed for public safety until lifted by the Gila National Forest. Roadblocks have been set up by local law enforcement. In support of this closure, the Continental Divide Trail has been rerouted around the fire closures. The trail reroute map is available at More closure information is available at

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