Gila National Forest: Silver City Ranger District Planning Fall Vegetation Treatment

Silver City, NM, November 4, 2019–The Silver City Ranger District is planning a vegetation treatment this fall to reduce hazardous fuels conditions, protect private property, and improve wildlife habitat.  The Jaybird Prescribed Fire is planned for mid-November or early December depending on appropriate weather conditions.

This 2,400-acre prescribed fire lies to the north of the Signal Peak area along NM Highway 15 and Meadow Creek Road.  The project’s objectives include reducing hazardous fuel loading and improving wildlife habitat. The project will take three-four days to implement.  NM Highway 15 will have public safety personnel to escort traffic through the area during this time.   Expect delays of approximately 15-20 minutes.  Smoke will likely settle into the Lake Roberts and Upper Mimbres Valley during implementation, primarily at night.  The increase in smoke is expected to last for four-five days.  Please use caution if you have travel plans along NM Highway 15 or Lake Roberts during this time.  The project area and Meadow Creek Road will be closed during this time, but NM Highway 15 will remain open.  There will be a Temporary Area Closure Order in conjunction with this prescribed fire for firefighter and public safety.

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