Gila National Forest – Wagonbed Fire – July 2, 2019

Location: 12 miles south of Winston, NM, Black Range Ranger District, Gila National Forest Start Date:  June 29, 2019
Cause: Lightning Vegetation: pinyon juniper mixed with grasses
Resources: two Type 2 Initial Attack (IA) crews, four Hot Shot crews, two FS engines, seven smokejumpers Size: ~460 acres
Containment: 0% Incident Commander: Matt Britt, ICT3, Colten Moor, ICT3(t)

Summary: The Wagonbed Fire, is burning on National Forest System Lands on the Black Range Ranger District, Gila National Forest, Sierra County, New Mexico. The strategy for this fire is full suppression.  The fire received rain yesterday afternoon which has reduced fire movement and today’s operations include containing and securing the perimeter.

Smoke is visible from the town of Winston, Hermosa, and Truth or Consequences, NM. 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 Fire information can be found at and Inciweb at

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