Gila National Forest – Update on Buzzard Fire for June 23, 2018

Acres: 49,449                                                                                      

Start Date: May 22, 2018

Cause: Human-caused

Location: 10 miles NE of Reserve, NM (Gila NF)

Containment: 85%                                                                             

Fuels: Timber (litter, grass and understory)

Total Personnel: 130 

General Information:  Apache Creek Campgound will be opening today, all other closures regarding the Buzzard fire remain the same. Firefighters will continue firing operations and suppression actions in the southwest corner of the fire’s perimeter. The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team are making good progress towards emergency treatments to protect life, property, natural and cultural resources.

Fire Operations: Aerial ignitions were conducted to complete black line operations near Flat Top Mesa yesterday. The plan for today includes hand ignitions to connect line into Gabe Canyon, hold completed indirect line from Flat Top Mesa to Kiehne Canyon, and continue repair/rehabilitation.

Rehabilitation:  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 a feller buncher removing roadside hazard trees, an excavator, and a dozer to construct water bars and pull material over control lines to aid in revegetation on the southeast side.

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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