Gila National Forest – Owl Fire Update for July 2, 2018

Acres: ~100                                                                    Start Date: June 30, 2018

Cause: Lightning                                                           Location: 4 miles northeast of Saddle Mountain, Gila NF

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

Total Personnel: 56

General Information: The Owl Fire began on June 30, 2018. It is south of Aspen Mountain, near the Flying T trail in an inventoried roadless area (IRA).  A Type 3 Incident Commander is on order.  Smoke is visible from Luna, Rancho Grande Subdivision, and the Glenwood area.

Fire Operations: Crews are scouting the fire for suppression opportunities and beginning indirect line preparation on Aspen Mountain Trail #506 and Forest Road 209.  Yesterday, some torching was documented, but overall, the fire is burning on the ground with some backing and flanking.

Fire Safety/Closures:  The district has temporarily closed the following trails:  #506 Aspen Mountain, #21 Flying T Spring, #515 Dangerous Park, #44 Cottonwood, and #36 Camp Canyon for public safety. 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 and on Inciweb at  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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