Gila National Forest – Indian Peaks Prescribed Fire Project began Monday, June 24

The Black Range Ranger District successfully did a test fire this morning and will continue ignitions on the Indian Peaks Prescribed Fire Project. They began in Unit 3, and hope to burn 1,000 acres today. If conditions permit fire management officers will continue to Unit 2 on Tuesday and then to Unit 1.

Smoke will settle in drainages and valley bottoms during the evening and early morning hours. There is a possibility for the communities of Winston, Monticello, Dusty, and the Middle Rio Grande Valley to experience smoke impacts.  Smoke Monitors are set up in Winston, Truth or Consequences, and the Beaverhead Work Center. Live tracking can be found at for smoke monitor units USFS 1054, USFS1036 and USFS1035.

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