Gila National Forest – Rocky Fire & Skid Fire – Update for July 14, 2019

Rocky Fire

Incident Start Date: July 8, 2019                       Cause: Lightning

Acres: ~275                                                      Containment: 0%

Vegetation: Ponderosa pine, mixed conifer, heavy dead/down on the ground

Strategy: Continue to scout and prepTrail #741, #74 and prep Forest Road 150.

Incident Commander: A. James, ICT3

 

South Fire

Incident Start Date: June 29, 2019                    Cause: Lightning

Acres: ~2,800                                                   Containment: 0%

Vegetation: Ponderosa pine, mixed conifer, heavy dead/down on the ground

Strategy: Monitor via lookouts and aerial reconnaissance

Incident Commander: A. James, ICT3

 

Summary: Helicopter reconnaissance shows that these naturally-ignited fires are doing good things for the land. They are exhibiting low to moderate fire behavior. These fires will enhance the land’s ability to support the natural role of fire. The fire management officers will continue to look at management opportunities to direct the fire around values we want to protect.

 

District Ranger Rachelle Huddleston-Lorton requests that the public be keenly aware of the additional fire-related traffic on Forest Road 150 and decrease speed particularly around corners. Today, there will be firefighters directing traffic and wait times up to 30-45 minutes are possible. Please follow all traffic control directions to enhance firefighter and public safety. 

 

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.  Smoke monitors are set up at the Gila Center, in Winston and Mimbres.  Live tracking can be found at https://app.airsis.com/USFS/UnitMap  for smoke monitor units USFS1054, USFS1035, and USFS1036. Fire information can be found at NM Fire Info and Inciweb.

 

For information on the Gila National Forest, check out our website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/gila or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

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