Gila National Forest: AM Update for Tadpole Fire June 11, 2020 Silver City Ranger District


Tuesday, June 11, 2020, 12:00 P.M. MT

Fire Information Line: (575) 313-4678 OR (575)654-4181

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Office hours: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. 


Location:  12 miles north of Silver City                      Start Date: June 6,  2020                        Cause:  Lightning                                                             Vegetation:  Timber with grass understory, brush, and Chaparral                                 Total Personnel: 189

Resources:  Five 20-person initial attack handcrews, one 8-person handcrew, 1 Type 3 heavy fire engine, 4 Type 6 light fire engines, 1 Type 3 medium helicopter, and 1 Type 1 heavy helicopter.  Air tankers are available at the Gila Aerial Fire Base.

Acres: 5127

SUMMARY:  The Tadpole Fire, now at 5,127 acres, was ignited by lightning and reported on June 6. The Tadpole Fire is located on the SW portion of Tadpole Ridge, on National Forest System lands, Gila National Forest.  The fire is burning in timber with grass understory, brush, and chaparral.

An infrared nighttime mapping mission occurred last evening at 10:00 PM. Infrared mapping is the most accurate form of mapping as it detects heat signatures along the fire edge.  An additional benefit of infrared mapping is to pinpoint the hotter portions of the fire that may be focused on. The infrared map is available for viewing on the InciWeb website under the map tab.  Yesterday afternoon the fire began backing down the south side of Scott Peak, making small runs up drainages causing brief smoke columns visible from Silver City and surrounding areas.  Crews along NM Highway 15 progressed south, paralleling the fire, burning out fuels along the road to further secure and deepen the fireline perimeter.  Field Observers continue to scout the south and west edges of the fire to assess potential containment features.  The landscape of the southern portions of the fire includes large rock outcrops and rock bands, scattered vegetation in some areas, and multiple dry drainages.  This helps decrease the forward movement of the fire.

WEATHER: The weather forecast today over the Tadpole Fire area calls for very dry and somewhat cooler air sits in place across the fire area.  This means relative humidity recovery will be very poor again tonight.  Tomorrow will the start of warming temperatures, with daily highs back to around normal, lasting through the week.  Humidity will fall into the single digits again.  Winds are coming from the south today bringing upslope winds to the fire area.  A general southeast flow into the region will start to move moisture back into the region by Thursday.  This will bring a slight increase in relative humidity and chances for isolated showers and thunderstorms beginning Thursday afternoon, lasting through the weekend.  This will increase the potential for erratic outflow winds from storms and the possibility for new fire starts due to dry lightning.

Six portable air quality monitoring stations are being placed and will be providing smoke data and an air quality summary within the next 24 hours.  Please visit  and for real-time smoke monitoring data and a daily smoke summary.

Please see the New Mexico Department of Health site, for guidance on mitigating your smoke exposure.  Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems are encouraged to take precautionary measures by staying inside during heavy smoke periods and avoiding outdoor activities.

SAFETY:  The Gila National Forest is currently under a campfire ban, including the use of charcoal. Use of pressurized fuel devices are acceptable.

A temporary flight restriction is in place over the fire area. Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. For more information visit Know Before You Fly, .

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