Gila National Forest – Reynolds Fire – Quemado Ranger District

Location: West of Bill Lee Mesa, Quemado Ranger District Start Date:  June 5, 2019
Cause:  Lightning Vegetation: Continuous Ponderosa Pine
Resources: Type 3 Helicopter, Type 1 Helicopter, one FS Engine, one seven-person hand crew Size:  ~ 4 acres
Containment: 0% Incident Commander: M. Burnham

Summary: The Reynolds Fire, is burning on National Forest System lands, on the Quemado Ranger District in Catron County, NM. It is located in T5S, R21W, Section 3.

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 Luna Lake. Values include structures on private property and critical habitat for Mexican spotted owls.

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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