Gila National Forest – Update on Cub Fire for July 8, 2020

Map_Cub PIO July 8

Location:  Approximately one-mile northeast of Cub Mountain, near the West Fork of the Gila River, Wilderness Ranger District, Gila National Forest.

Start Date:  June 28, 2020                 Cause:  Lightning                    Size:  ~11,565 acres

Vegetation:  grass, brush, and multiple snags          IC: Ty Oliver, ICT4

Strategy/Summary: The Cub Fire is burning on National Forest System lands on the Wilderness Ranger District, Gila National Forest. The fire continues with active flame front progressing on the northeast, south, and southeast sections for the fire. The main direction of growth is east near Lilley Mountain. The fire behavior is observed as a low-intensity surface fire. The fire has reached the West Fork of the Gila River on its northern edge and its forward progression has stopped there.

Weather: Weather continues to be hot and dry, with expectations of delay in monsoonal rains until the third week of July.   Smoke:  Smoke from the 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 https://nmtracking.org/fire. Fire information can be found at nmfireinfo.com. Inciweb information:  https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6819/ 

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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