Gila National Forest – Final Update on Buzzard Fire, June 28, 2018

Acres: 50, 296                                                                              Start Date: May 22, 2018

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

Containment: 90%                                                                      Fuels: Timber (litter, grass and understory)

Total Personnel: 109 

General Information:  Apache Creek Campground is open, all other closures regarding the Buzzard fire remain the same. The Buzzard Fire will be transitioning from the Type 3 Organization to a Type 4 Organization on Saturday at 6:00 a.m.

Fire Operations: Crews will continue to hold and secure line and backhaul supplies from spike camps. Due to steep and inaccessible terrain, the southern portion of the Buzzard fire perimeter will not be fully contained until substantial rainfall occurs over the fire area.

Rehabilitation:  The BAER Suppression repair work is close to being completed, with the exception of removing hazard trees along the Eagle Peak road and FR 94 where there are areas of high severity fire damage.  The fire suppression repair and rehabilitation crews will continue to work a feller buncher removing roadside hazard trees.

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

Fire Information: Fire information can be found at and  For information on the Gila National Forest, please visit or join the conversation on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter @GilaNForest.


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