Miller Fire – Hidalgo County – Public Meeting Tonight – 07/06/19

SOUTHWEST AREA
INCIDENT MANAGEMENT TEAM
TEAM 4 – CARL SCHWOPE – INCIDENT COMMANDER
Miller Fire Update July 6, 2019
Acres:  5,772 Start Date: June 29, 2019
Cause: Lightning

Total personnel: 247

Location: Peloncillo Mtns N. M.

Fuels: Timber, brush, and grass

Meeting Information:  Tonight’s community meeting will be held at the Rodeo Community Center at 16 Hickory St., Rodeo, New Mexico, 88056 at 5:00 MST/6:00 MDT. The meeting, as well as daily operational briefing videos, will be recorded and posted to the Coronado National Forest Facebook page.

Fire Activity:  Precipitation from Friday’s storm has hindered fire activity.  This has allowed firefighters to get ahead of the fire spread prior to next weeks predicted hotter, drier weather and increased fire behavior.

Objectives:  100% containment is not the goal on the Miller Fire.  The objectives are to build a control line around three sides of the fire to prevent further spread, allow the fire to burn south to improve forest health, and for firefighters to actively take structure protection measures around the ranches and properties adjacent to the fire.

 Operations:  Control line preparation work continues today on the northern half of the fire, as well as outside the perimeter of the Bunk Robinson Wilderness Study Area.  Two engines and three helicopters are dedicated to initial attack for any new fires that may arise from the lightning predicted over the next few days.  Structure protection plans are being developed for values at risk south of the fire.

Weather:  Clouds increasing during the afternoon with a chance for a few showers and thunderstorms again, during the afternoon and evening hours.  There is potential for strong outflow winds and dry lightning with the strongest storms.  Highs will be in the 80s with an afternoon minimum humidity between 25 to 30 percent. Outside of thunderstorm influences, the general winds will be light out of a south to southwest direction.

Closures: There is a temporary flight restriction closure over the fire area. Citizens are encouraged to stay safely clear of fire area. The Geronimo Trail Road is currently open, but will close without notice due to fire activity and firefighters working off of the road. Check the Inciweb page below for updates.

Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6417/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CoronadoNF/

Media & Public Information Contact:
Email: 2019.Miller@firenet.gov
Phone:  602-529-5924
Hours: 8 am- 8 pm

Full press release: Final Miller Fire Update July 6th 2019

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