Gila National Forest – Update on Alum Fire, April 6, 2019

The Alum Fire, which is burning on National Forest System Lands, within the boundaries of the Gila Wilderness. It is located just south of the Grapevine Campground, and west of NM Hwy 15.

Helicopter survey has verified the fire at an estimated 10 acres and on both sides of the river. This fire is burning deep in the river corridor with extremely steep terrain and no safe access for wildland firefighters. The strategy remains full suppression which will be accomplished by containing and confining the fire to the area.  Fire management officials will continue to manage suppression activities as the week progresses and the weather is predicted for getting hotter, drier and windier. District fire personnel will monitor but will not directly engage the fire due to safety concerns. This fire is burning within the Gila River corridor and smoke impacts are expected to be minimal, but heavy fuels are down and burning, and smoke will continue.

District Ranger Rachelle Huddleston Lorton asks the public to please notify the ranger district if you have any concerns or questions about smoke impact. The Forest wishes to remind the public that all campfires need to be extinguished dead out.  Do not leave your campfires unattended and do not leave until it is cool to the touch.

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