Gila National Forest – Ranch Fire Update June 23, 2018

Acres: 370                                                                                            

Start Date: June 21, 2018

Cause: Under Investigation

Location: 4 miles north of Saliz Pass (Gila NF)

Containment: 50%                                                                             

Fuels: Timber (litter, grass and understory)

Total Personnel: 204

General Information: On Thursday, June 21 a structure fire was reported northeast of Saliz Pass. The fire crossed US Highway 180 and impacted a Navopache Electric Power line and was threatening the Tucson Electric transmission line.

Fire Operations: Moderate fire activity was observed this morning over the Ranch fire. With firefighter safety at the forefront, Crews will construct line to keep fire east of Tucson Electric KV power lines and limit further damage to Navopache power lines. Firefighters will also continue mop-up and holding the fire perimeter east of State Highway 180, around structures, and to Cottonwood campground.

Navopache Electric Cooperative is assessing damage caused by the fire and have equipment on site to repair damaged infrastructure. Timeframes are yet to be determined when power will be re-established. Call Navopache Electric at  928-368-5118 for a recording on updated information. Affected areas include Mogollon, Alma, Mineral Creek, Pleasanton, Glenwood and Brushy Mountain.

Highway 180 is open, however delays may occur throughout the day due to fire activity from Saliz Pass to Pueblo Park road.  New Mexico State Police and Catron County Sheriff personnel are providing piloting for through traffic when safe to do so.

Fire Safety/Closures:  The Gila National Forest is in Stage 1 Fire Restrictions. Fire Danger is still rated as VERY HIGH.

Fire Information: Fire information can be found at https://nmfireinfo.com/ and on Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5861/.  For information on the Gila National Forest, please visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/gila or join the conversation on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GilaNForest/ or follow us on Twitter @GilaNForest.

 

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