Gila National Forest – Elk Fire – June 7, 2019 (Quemado Ranger District)

Elk Fire – June 7, 2019

Reynolds Fire

Location: southeast of Mangas Mountain, Quemado Ranger District, Catron County, NM

Start Date:  June 6, 2019          Size: ~10 acres             Cause: Lightning

Vegetation:  ponderosa pine; stringers pinyon juniper and grasslands

Resources:  ICT4 and 3 Firefighters

Incident Commander:  Derral Thomas



The Elk Fire is burning on National Forest System lands on the Quemado Ranger District, Gila National Forest. The strategy for this fire is full suppression with confine and containment. Objectives include protecting and minimizing the impact of fire on high values at risk which includes; wildland firefighter and public safety, private land with infrastructure, range improvements, and critical wildlife habitat.

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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