Gila NF: Rincon Fire, Wilderness Ranger District

Location: South of Grapevine Campground, west of NM Highway15, Wilderness Ranger District Start Date:  April 25, 2019
Cause:  Probable human-caused Vegetation: Riparian area with cottonwood, ponderosa pine, oak  and pinon juniper
Resources: Size:  ~ 10-20 acres
Containment: 0% Incident Commander: R. Gallardo, ICT4

Summary: The Rincon Fire, is burning on National Forest System lands, on the Wilderness Ranger District in Grant County, NM. It is located just south of the Grapevine Campground, and west of NM Hwy 15, within the boundaries of the Gila Wilderness.

Fire was visualized via helicopter reconnaissance and estimated at 10-20 acres. The management strategy for this incident is suppression. Fire management officials have chosen not to directly engage due to the rugged and steep terrain for the safety of wildland firefighters.

Smoke from fire rises up and away during the daytime, but in the evening smoke can pool back down in canyons, drainages, and basins. This fire is within the Gila River corridor and smoke impacts are expected to be minimal. For information on air quality and protecting your health, and to find guidance on distances and visibility, please visit Fire information can be found at

District Ranger Rachelle Huddleston Lorton asks the public to be aware of the potential for some increase in vehicle traffic on NM 15 and 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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