Gila National Forest – Fires on Wilderness Ranger District – Update for July 15, 2019

Rocky Fire

The lightning-caused Rocky Fire is approximately 350 acres, burning on National Forest System lands in the Aldo Leopold Wilderness.  This fire is demonstrating low fire behavior with some growth to the north and west and remains east of Forest Road 150.

 

South Fire

The lightning-caused South Fire remains at 3,060 acres, burning on National Forest System lands in the Aldo Leopold Wilderness.  It received some precipitation on Sunday and today, which decreased fire activity.

 

Lilley Fire

This lightning-caused fire was reported today, is burning on National Forest System lands in the Aldo Leopold Wilderness. This fire will be monitored via visual reconnaissance.

 

Summary: Reconnaissance shows that these naturally-ignited fires are doing good things for the land. They are exhibiting low fire behavior. These fires will enhance the land’s ability to support the natural role of fire. Monsoon moistures are expected by mid-week which will reduce fire growth.

 

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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