Gila NF: Indian Fire – Wilderness Ranger District

Location: Southwest of Coffee Pot Reservoir, Wilderness Ranger District Start Date:  May 26, 2019
Cause:  Lightning Vegetation: Grass and dead/down trees
Resources: Type 3 Helicopter, one FS Engines, one seven–person hand crew Size:  ~ 2 acres
Containment: 0% Incident Commander: Wishart, IC4

Summary: The Indian Fire, is burning on National Forest System lands, on the Wilderness Ranger District in Catron County, NM. It is located southwest of Coffee Pot Reservoir within the boundaries of the Gila Wilderness.

The full suppression strategy includes hand crew response and helicopter water drops due to proximity to private land. The helicopter will be drawing water from Snow Lake.

Smoke from fire rises up and away during the daytime, but in the evening smoke can pool back down in canyons, drainages, and basins. 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

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