Gila National Forest – Evening Update on Black Fire – July 3, 2019, @ 7:30 p.m.

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The lightning-caused Black Fire is approximately 150 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 temperatures this afternoon reached into the mid-90’s with lower relative humidity.

The fire is burning through the Bonner Fire scar (1995) which has lots of heavy dead and down timber. Heavy timber burns hot and puts up large columns of smoke. This fire is deep in the Aldo Leopold Wilderness and fire managers have monitored it throughout the day using our lookouts. This fire and the other three fires in the Aldo Leopold and Gila Wilderness will receive additional aerial reconnaissance during the day on July 4.

Smoke from this fire may drift into Winston and towards Truth or Consequences. Smoke from fire rises during the daytime, but in the evening can pool 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 https://nmtracking.org/fire. Fire information can be found at nmfireinfo.com and on Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6415/. 

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