Gila National Forest – Three Fire Starts on Wilderness Ranger District

Black Fire

Summary: The lightning-caused Black Fire is approximately five acres, burning on National Forest System lands in the Aldo Leopold Wilderness, Gila National Forest. This fire is approximately 20 miles northeast of Mimbres near the Black Canyon and in very steep and rugged terrain. The vegetation is mixed conifer, ponderosa pine, grass understory, and dead/down trees.

 

Sapillo Fire

Summary: The lightning-caused Sapillo Fire is approximately 2 acres, burning on National Forest System lands in the Gila Wilderness, Gila National Forest. This fire is approximately 30 miles southwest of the Gila Cliff Dwellings and is in steep rugged terrain close to the Gila River. The vegetation is ponderosa pine, grass understory, and dead/down trees.

 

South Fire

Summary: The lightning-caused South Fire is approximately 2 acres, burning on National Forest System lands in the Aldo Leopold Wilderness, Gila National Forest. This fire is approximately 30 miles north of Mimbres and is also in steep and rugged terrain. The vegetation is ponderosa pine, grass understory and dead/down trees.

 

The plan for all three fires is to monitor via aerial reconnaissance. Smoke from fire rises up and away during the daytime, but in the evening can pool down in canyons, drainages, and basis. For information on air quality and protecting your health, and to find guidance on distances and visibility please visit https://nmtracking.org/fire. Fire information can be found at nmfireinfo.com.

 

For information on the Gila National Forest, check out our website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/gila or join the conversation on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GilaNForest/ or follow us on Twitter @GilaNForest.

 

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