Gila National Forest – Update on Tadpole Fire for June 28, 2020


Location:  12 miles north of Silver City             Start Date: June 6, 2020                       

Cause:  Lightning                                             Total Personnel: 52                

Containment:  50%                                         Size:  11,159 acres      

Vegetation:  Timber with grass understory, brush, and chaparral

Incident Commander:  Robbie Gallardo ICT3

SUMMARY:  The Tadpole Fire, was ignited by lightning and reported on June 6. The fire remained at 11,159 acres and is now 50% contained. The fire started on the southwest portion of Tadpole Ridge, on the Gila National Forest. The fire is burning in timber with grass understory, brush, and chaparral.

A wildfire module will remain inserted near the private inholding and continue to mop up and monitor. Crews will continue to remotely monitor fire on TX mountain that is inaccessible by crews due to terrain and secure lines in Wilson canyon.

The perimeter of the fire will continue to be monitored and patrolled until significant wetting rain.

WEATHER: Expect generally southwest winds through the remainder of the afternoon with a slight chance of a dry thunderstorm with erratic gusts through around sunset. Southwest winds may stay elevated for a time after dark due to outflow from thunderstorms. A Red Flag Warning has been issued and may be needed again on Monday as similar conditions are expected.

CLOSURES: The Gila National Forest has issued a closure order for the area encompassing the Tadpole Fire. The order remains in effect until August 30, 2020 or until rescinded. Additionally, NM Hwy 15 will remain closed until further notice, refer to NM 511 for more information

Formoreinformation about the closure order follow this link or visit the Gila National Forest website under Alerts and Notices.

AIR QUALITY: Residents of Grant County can expect to see minimal smoke production over the Tadpole Fire today.

Air quality monitoring stations are in place and are providing smoke data and an air quality summary. For localized smoke impacts visit Wildland Fire Air Quality Response Program for real time smoke monitoring data and a daily smoke summary.

Please see the New Mexico Department of Health site also known as 5-3-1, 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, thru, July 31, 2020 including the use of charcoal grills. Use of pressurized fuel devices with an on/off switch are permitted. 

No fireworks are permitted on public lands at any time.   

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,

For information on the Gila National Forest, check out our website at or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

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