New Start – Tadpole Fire, Gila National Forest, Silver City Ranger District


Location:  south of Tadpole Ridge, Silver City Ranger District, Grant County, NM

Start Date: June 6, 2020               Size:  ~30 acres       Cause:  Lightning

Vegetation:  Pinyon Juniper, Ponderosa Pine

Resources:   One (1) FS Engine, three (3) Hand crews on order, Type 3 Team on Order

Incident Commander:  Leo Trujillo, ICT4


Summary:  The Tadpole Fire Is burning on National Forest System lands on the Silver City Ranger District, Gila National Forest.  The strategy for this fire is full suppression. There is a high potential for spread. Objectives include protecting and minimizing the impact of fire on high values at risk which includes; wildland firefighter and public safety, and infrastructure associated with private land.  This fire is in rugged and remote terrain. The Silver City Ranger District has placed road closure signs on Bear Creek Road down towards Ben Lilley Pond, and off NM Hwy 15 at FR 382/Sheep Corral Road. Two trailheads (TH) are in the vicinity and should be avoided. They are TH 232/Tadpole Ridge and TH 234 Sycamore.

Smoke from fire rises up and away during the daytime, but in the evenings, smoke can pool back 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 Fire information can be found at


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