Gila National Forest – Update on Ranch Fire, June 21, 2018 @ 9:30 p.m.

The Ranch Fire was reported at approximately 3:15 p.m. on June 21, and appears to have begun north of Saliz Pass. The fire is approximately 300-400 acres and is now on the west side of US Hwy 180. Retardant drops earlier in the evening were very effective in protecting the Tucson Electric Power (TEP) line west of the highway. The Navopache power line was impacted resulting in a power outage in Glenwood, NM.

Crews were successful with anchoring the east side up to US Hwy 180. There is a night-time firing operation along US Hwy 180 towards Cottonwood Canyon. Values at risk include the TEP and Navopache power lines, and a structure protection of private lands on the US Hwy 180 corridor.

US Highway 180 is not closed. There are warning signs that there is a fire ahead, and that there may be extended delays, travelers could be asked to turn around, or wait to be piloted between mile posts 25-32 where burnout operations are taking place.

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