Gila National Forest – Update on Buzzard Fire for June 24, 2018

Acres: 49,909                                                                                      

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: 140

General Information: Apache Creek Campground is open, all other closures regarding the Buzzard fire remain the same.

Fire Operations: Buzzard fire operations went well yesterday with crews tying lines in on the Southwest corner. This secures the fire edge and crews will be continuing to monitor, mop-up, back haul.

Rehabilitation: The BAER Suppression repair work is also getting close to being completed, with the exception of removing hazard trees along the Eagle Peak road and FR 94 where there is high severity areas. 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 https://bit.ly/2GRESFw. More closure information is available at https://bit.ly/2LvwKhN.

Fire Information: Fire information can be found at https://nmfireinfo.com/ and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5814/. 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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